To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What are examples of social inequality in Harper Lee' To Kill a Mockingbird?

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To elaborate on some of the above, the most profound passage on social inequality is found in Atticus's closing remarks to the jury in Chapter 20 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

In this passage, Atticus dispels the ideal belief that "all men are created equal" as Thomas Jefferson wrote. Atticus argues that the belief is just an ideal, an ideal that is often misused to do such foolish things as "promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious" in public schools. Instead, contrary to what many people would like to believe, Atticus argues the following:

We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe--some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they're born with it, some men make more than others, some ladies make better cakes than others--some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.

We can find many examples throughout the book that fit Atticus's description of social inequality . One example is seen...

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