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The novel is about the consequences of racism, prejudice, and hatred on society. Throughout the novel, several examples of prejudice can be seen, not all relating to race. For instance, the town's treatment of the Radley family shows their prejudice against outsiders. While the family may not have been the friendliest neighbors, they were judged and shunned for being different (like not opening their doors on Sunday mornings for visits). Another example is the view and treatment of Mr. Raymond. It is easier for the town to assume that he's a drunk than to accept the lifestyle that he chooses. Yet another example is the ladies' missionary circle meeting. The way they talk about these suffering people in other countries directly contrasts the negative treatment they demonstrate towards people in their own town. Finally, there's the obvious prejudice seen in the trial of Tom Robinson. The evidence points to Tom's innocence, but the racism of the people keeps them from freeing him.
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