Which characters are the victims of stereotyping in To Kill a Mockingbird? In To Kill a Mockingbird Many of the characters in the novel are depicted by the author as classifying each other according to rigid categories. They hold stereotypes about how individuals will behave as a result of their age, gender, race, social status, and other fixed categories. Which characters are the vitims of stereotyping? Do any of them break through the behavior expected of them, showing individuality and exposing the falseness of narrowly labeling people?

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, the characters who are unfairly stereotyped are likened to a mockingbird: an innocent creature that harms no one. These characters are innocent of the accusations and beliefs people hold about them but are wrongly stereotyped.

Tom Robinson is stereotyped as a threatening black man whose actions are motivated by anger and animalistic lust rather than intelligence and humanity. He is persecuted because of his race, not because of his actions. At this time in history, particularly in the South, black men were often accused of raping and attacking white women. The accusations against Tom Robinson were obviously false, yet he was convicted of the crime. Similarly, Boo Radley is wrongly perceived by people who judge him based on his reclusive lifestyle. Boo is unfairly stereotyped, as is Tom Robinson, because people rely solely on preconceived notions rather than personal impressions to form opinions and make judgements about him. In the novel, the stereotyping of both...

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