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by Harper Lee

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How is prejudice portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Prejudice in Harper Lee 's Maycomb can be found in all shapes and sizes, in adults and children, and in both black and white citizens. The primary and most troubling form is that of racial prejudice, commonplace in the Deep South of the Depression era. Racial prejudice can be found in the elder members of the Ewell family, the "disgrace of Maycomb for three generations." Father Bob and daughter Mayella send an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, to his death because of their hatred of black men. Bob further harrasses Tom's widow, Helen, after Tom's death; and son Burris hates his teacher, Miss Caroline, who he calls a " 'snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher.' " The Cunningham family of Old Sarum attempts to...

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