What are the moments that racial prejudice overcomes social prejudice?one of them is (or an example is); The trial; the verdict was that Tom Robinson was guilty and the Ewells were the victim,...

What are the moments that racial prejudice overcomes social prejudice?

one of them is (or an example is); The trial; the verdict was that Tom Robinson was guilty and the Ewells were the victim, though in honest fact we know the opposite is true. The jury chose tht verdict because of racial prejudice and that racial prejudice overcame the social prejudice everyone has against the Ewells!

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Another example is the famous mob scene. In Chapter 15, a group of men come to the courthouse, demanding the Atticus release Tom to them. Their plan of course, is one of the most cowardly actions in history: lynching a man in the dark. It is only through the actions of Scout and Jem that the night ends peacefully. We later learn that atticus was in no danger, but Scout's role was still important. Scout recognizes Mr. Cunningham, and by greeting him, she breaks the power of the mob. The strength of mobs lies in anonymity; knowing an individual can often change the mood of the scene.

While most of the men in this mob are farmers, some are not. Ordinarily, these men would be at odds with each other-the non-farmers probably looking down on those who work with their hands, in the country. Unfortunately, their hatred for Tom, and their conviction of his guilt, override their prejudices based on class. Thus they band together to attack Tom. Fortunately, Atticus is there to stand up to them. He is one of the few characters in the book who looks beyond both race and class to know someone's true character. That is one of the reasons he's often considered the greatest hero in literature.

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