What are some examples of prejudice being shown in Chapter 14?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As was mentioned in the previous posts, the children experience the prejudiced community members as they walk through the town on Saturdays. Scout recalls a skinny man who said, "They c' go loose and rape up the countryside for all of 'em who run this county care" when she and Jem walked passed him (Lee 180). The citizens of Maycomb resent the fact that Atticus Finch aims to defend an African American and voice their displeasure throughout the town. 

Aunt Alexandra also reveals her prejudice against African Americans in Chapter 14. When Scout tells her father about her visit to First Purchase African M.E. Church, Alexandra is not pleased. Scout then asks Atticus if she can visit Cal's home next Sunday, and Alexandra says, "You may not" (Lee 181). This comment upsets Scout, who sasses her aunt by saying, "I didn't ask you!" (Lee 181). After apologizing, Scout retreats to the bathroom and overhears her father arguing with Alexandra about Calpurnia. Aunt Alexandra petitions Atticus to fire Calpurnia, but Atticus defends Cal by commenting that she is a positive influence on the family and the children love her. Aunt Alexandra, like many folks in Maycomb, is prejudiced against African Americans and does not want her family being around them.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout tells Atticus about hers and Jem's trip to church with Calpurnia, Atticus seems amused, but Aunt Alexandra is less than pleased. Then, when Scout asks permission to accompany Calpurnia again on Sunday, Aunt Alexandra intervenes, "You may not."  When Scout talks back to her aunt, Atticus scolds her. With her feelings hurt by having to apologize to her aunt, Scout pouts in the bathroom.  There she overhears Atticus and his sister arguing about Calpurnia, with the implications that Alexandra wanting to dismiss Clapurnia as a negative influence for a young lady.  Unlike her brother, Alexandra does not feel that Calpurnia is "a faithful member of this family" as Atticus describes her. 

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Finch children discover prejudice first-hand in Chapter 14 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. While downtown, they hear people remark, "There's his chillun'" and "Yonder's some Finches," but when they turn to see who makes the comments, they see only backs turned toward them. The people are upset because it is now common knowledge that Atticus will be defending the Negro, Tom Robinson.

They also observe Aunt Alexandra's racial bigotry when she declares that Jem and Scout "may not" visit Calpurnia's house. In the end, they do not visit Calpurnia, but Atticus has a long talk with Atticus about Calpurnia's well established place in the Finch family. 

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