Dominance, Prejudiced Stereotypes, and Social Inequality in To Kill A Mockingbird

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." (11.116) This is certainly true of Harper Lee who reveals her own conscience and concerns through the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Racism and prejudice were rampant in Lee's context and were concerning to many individuals, including Lee. Using her novel - To Kill A Mockingbird - as a platform, Lee explores the ideas of dominance, breaching prejudiced stereotypes and social inequality. Lee employs numerous techniques to convey and discuss these ideas. Techinques include symbolism, plot duality and narrative voice.

Anglo-Saxon dominance over the African American population is an issue significant to racism and ...

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the opinions of the white population towards the coloured population during the 1930's; if the African Americans tried to act more like the white population, then they would be better off. The children build the snowman to look like Mr Avery: "`Mr Avery's sort of shaped like a snowman, ain't he?'" (8.74) When the basic shape of the snowman had been built out of mud, the children begin to cover the shape in snow, so he doesn't look black and `messy' and `gradually, Mr Avery turned white.' (8.74) This again shows the white population's opinion on the black population. They wish to slowly eradicate all evidence of African American life. When Atticus arrives home and sees the snowman, he asks Jem to change the appearance of his creation so it doesn't resemble Mr Avery. He suggests adding an apron. However, Jem disapproves, arguing that: "if he did, the snowman would become muddy and cease to be a snowman." (8.74) African American citizens were seen as animals, as inhumane creatures. ...

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