Prejudice Quotes In To Kill A Mockingbird

I need as many quotes with page numbers on prejudice that Atticus, Bob Ewell, and Calpurnia show in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Atticus Finch 

In chapter 11, Scout is having a conversation with her father concerning Mrs. Dubose's derogatory, racist comments. When Scout asks her father if he is a "nigger-lover," Atticus responds by saying,

"Nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody" (Lee, 112).

In chapter 23, Atticus has a conversation with Jem about the outcome of the Tom Robinson trial. Atticus then explains to Jem that the jury's decision to convict an innocent man was simply based on Tom's race. Atticus proceeds to tell Jem,

"As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash" (Lee, 224).

Bob Ewell

In chapter 23, Bob Ewell reveals his racist character when he confronts Atticus at the post office. Bob attempts to entice Atticus to fight him by saying,

"Too proud to fight, you nigger-lovin‘ bastard?" (Lee, 221).

In chapter 27, Bob once again reveals his racist nature by attempting to frighten Helen Robinson on her way to work. Whenever Link Deas threatens him, Bob says,

"I ain’t touched her, Link Deas, and ain’t about to go with no nigger!" (Lee, 257)

Calpurnia

In chapter 3, Calpurnia addresses class prejudice, which is expressed by Scout's rude comments concerning Walter Cunningham Jr.'s eating habits. Calpurnia chastises Scout for her lack of empathy and blatant prejudice by saying,

"Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo‘ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty! Yo‘ folks might be better’n the Cunninghams but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re disgracin‘ ’em" (Lee, 25).

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ATTICUS FINCH.  Atticus is color blind when it comes to the races. He reprimands Scout for using the "N" word because it is "common." During his summation to the jury, he accuses Mayella Ewell of tempting Tom.

"She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man..."  (Chapter 20)

Later, he reminds the jury that it is an

"--evil assumption--that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women..."  (Chapter 20)

BOB EWELL.  It is obvious that Bob has no respect for the black people of Maycomb. He is perfectly willing to allow Tom Robinson to die for the lie that he has decided to tell concerning Mayella's injuries. On the witness stand, he declares that

"--I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!"  (Chapter 17)

Later, he stalks Tom's widow, Helen, "crooning foul words" at her along the way. When Link Deas warns him to leave her alone, Bob responds that

     "I ain't touched her, Link Deas, and aint' about to go with no nigger!"  (Chapter 27)

CALPURNIA.  Cal is able to navigate in both the worlds of black Maycomb society as well as being a trusted member of the Finch family. She stands up for Jem and Scout when they are accosted at the First Purchase Church by Lula, who objects to the presence of white children; and in a rare commentary about white folks, she declares that Old Mr. Radley is

"... the meanest man ever God blew breath into"... and she spat meditatively into the yard.  (Chapter 1)

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