What are some quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird that show the characters being marginalized and people being prejudiced against them???i am working on an essay right now and i just can't seem to...

What are some quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird that show the characters being marginalized and people being prejudiced against them???

i am working on an essay right now and i just can't seem to find any quotes in the book for my topic, please help!

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My favorite quote on this topic is when Atticus wryly comments, "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up is something I don't pretend to understand."  He is referring, of course, to the completely irrational fear of and prejudice toward blacks in general, and Tom Robinson in particular, that has led to Robinson's trial.  Everyone in Maycomb was well aware that Bob Ewell was a drunk, and an abusive father, a complete bottom dweller. . .yet in the Depression-era South, even a disgusting human like Bob Ewell could feel superior to an African-American.   

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