could you please please PLEASEanalyse this quote thoroughly"Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced."thank youcould you please please PLEASEanalyse this quote thoroughly "Persecution comes...

could you please please PLEASEanalyse this quote thoroughly"Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced."thank you

could you please please PLEASEanalyse this quote thoroughly

"Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced."

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amymc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Basically, persecution is an unjust punishment or cruel and unjust treatment of an individual or group of individuals usually based on race, religion, income level, sexual orientation or other beliefs.  In other words, some people are treated in a cruel and unjust way just because of a certain category into which they happen to fit. 

Prejudice is the belief that these individuals or groups of individuals somehow deserve this treatment.  They have a bias against this group based upon nothing more than the fact that this group is different. 

Those that carry these prejudices tend to afflict most of the pain and torment upon these "different" groups.  Because prejudice comes from a place of fear, it is logical that these individuals who persecute others do so out of fear - fear of losing their social standing, their money or their jobs.  They blame those they persecute for any and all of their problems even though there is no evidence to support this.  As long as someone is "beneath" them, they are in less danger of falling lower on the social or economic spectrum, and they will do anything to keep them there.

In this novel, the poor, white families carried such prejudice against the blacks.  The poor whites fear that the blacks might, just might, surpass them on the social and economic scale.  For this reason, it is the poor whites, such as the Ewells, who are desperate to keep the blacks down, even if this means making up lies and ultimately contributing to one's death.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Prejudice forces itself upon people.  For instance, those of certain convictions, be they liberal or otherwise, often try to force their beliefs upon others from a subjective conviction that they are "right."  Pre-judging of anything shows a lack of analytical skills and sound reasoning; this ignorance and insistence that it is the "right way to think" is always offensive and irritating to people who have true experience and objective knowledge of people and concepts.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

 Prejudice means that you are judging others. Persecution is a natural result of judging. Basically, you decide that you do not like certain groups (the part where you judge them) and then you treat them badly or target them (the persecution part).

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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