Examples Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra proves she is prejudiced against Calpurnia. Aunt Alexandra tells Scout that she cannot attend church with Calpurnia anymore. Aunt Alexandra is indeed prejudiced. She tries to get Atticus to get rid of Calpurnia. Aunt Alexandra does not approve of the close relationship Atticus and his children have with Calpurnia.

In chapter 15, prejudices are evident when a group of men come to the jail to lynch Tom Robinson. Atticus blocks the doorway to the jail. The men order Atticus to get out of the way. Scout and Jem arrive at the jailhouse. Scout speaks to Mr. Cunningham, one of the men who desires to lynch Tom Robinson. She carries on a conversation as if he has done nothing wrong. Her innocence causes Mr. Cunningham to urge his men to leave the premises. Had it not been for Scout, Tom Robinson may have been lynched before he received a fair trial. 


In chapter 18, Tom Robinson is on trial for beating and raping Mayella. Atticus proves that Tom Robinson could not have attacked Mayella because his left arm is crippled. Tom Robinson could not have been the one who beat Mayella on the right side of her face which is where her bruises were. Mayella was beaten by a left handed attacker. Tom Robinson's left arm had been crippled since he was a boy. Also, Mayella had bruises around her neck. Mayella's attacker would have had to have good use of both his arms and hands in order to choke her. Even though Atticus proves that Tom Robinson could not have been Mayella's attacker, the prejudiced jury still found Tom Robinson guilty of a crime he did not commit.