To Kill A Mockingbird: StereotypesThe story, To Kill a Mockingbird is a very fine novel which exemplifies thelife in the south and the human rights and values given to everybody.
The bookespecially took the case of prejudice to a serious extreme. From the title, amockingbird through the eyes of Harper Lee, is a person who has fallen victimto vicious stereotypes. The title To Kill a Mockingbird explains itself quiteclearly in the end of the novel when Tom Robinson, one of the mockingbirds, iskilled due to the stereotypes dumped upon him. Often, the use of stereotypesjust breaks down the real truth of a person.When stereotypes of Boo are used, the truth is often obscured. “You’ll getkilled if you touch that tree”(pg 38) This quote reveals that the two siblingsfelt that Boo was a harmful person because of false rumors. Stereotypes areeasily picked up, and used to horrible extreme when a large majority of peopleuse them.
This was the case with Scout and Jem when they picked up on thestereotypes going around the neighborhood about Boo. When I got there, mybreeches were all folded and sewn up(pg 63)When Boo sewed Jem’s breechestogether, this was a sign from Boo to let the children realize what a kind andpleasant man he really was. Also, Boo was considerate enough to save Jem from acouple of whippings, because after all, if Atticus were to see the torn pants hewould have known Jem was the culprit in the Radley’s yard. You were so busylooking at the fire, you didn’t notice Boo behind you(pg 76) This was also asymbol which Boo shared to let the kids slowly realize the truth about him, thathe was an innocuous caring person hiding behind a fading shadow.Boo justwanted to be seen as the real him instead of the horrid stereotypes whichdeformed his image.Misconceptions are results of prejudice in Jehovah’s Witnesses’ case.
Whenthey come strolling up people’s street, the first reactions to the neighborhoodis to lock the door. They lock their doors because they hear the jokes andprejudice against Jehovah’s Witness which puts the thought in people’s mindsthat Jehovah’s Witness is just a joke. On the other hand, many are alreadyfaithful followers to their own religion and don’t want to waste the timelistening to a mini sermon. Often times, Jehovah’s Witness are ridiculed bymembers of other religions.
When this occurs, members of the Jehovah’s Witnessfeel uneasy about their religion, which lowers their self-esteem. Beingprejudice towards a religion isn’t very thoughtful considering that theJehovah’s Witness try their hardest to be faithful, while people mock at themjust for being a member of the Jehovah’s Witness. Furthermore, in people’sminds, they feel that Jehovah’s Witness are fanatic about converting peoplesreligion. This is just a false stereotype about Jehovah’s Witness which is thebasis of prejudice towards Jehovah’s Witness, that they are all crazy aboutconverting people.
These misconceptions are unfair, in that they are just outthere to spread the word of their god, but are being mocked while they do.Homeless people often fall victim to prejudice which makes themmockingbirds. In the streets, they are avoided practically by everybody in sight.
These actions are due to stereotypes about them, such as they’re all dirty anddangerous which is totally false. When they are avoided due to these cruelmisconceptions, they don’t have the chance to prove themselves as being a partof the society from where they are banned, which is highly unfortunate. Insociety, people are rude and mean to the homeless because of the prejudicesurrounding them. These harsh acts are typical of people when they encounter adifference between themselves and some on else.
When rudeness is the result ofprejudice, the reason for being rude is that the person is a coward and mustshow his/her fear in anger.This is so because most people can not face thefact that people are different in a society like ours.. A lot of times,homeless people keep to themselves. The reason to this act is due to theirfearful feelings towards the human society.
They fear that if they try to comeout of their of their own little society, we will mock and treat them asentirely unwanted guests which is probably true.Misconceptions and stereotypes often lead up to prejudice. In order for usto stop creating mockingbirds, we must all look at things from every angle andhave an open mind, without which, you are doomed to be tainted by the world’sobviousness.
Remembering this, you will find out that most people are nice…when you finally meet them..(pg 284)