The story, To Kill a Mockingbird is a very fine novel which exemplifies the life in the south and the human rights and values given to everybody. The book especially took the case of prejudice to a serious extreme. From the title, a mockingbird through the eyes of Harper Lee, is a person who has fallen victim to vicious stereotypes. The title To Kill a Mockingbird explains itself quite clearly in the end of the novel when Tom Robinson, one of the mockingbirds, is killed due to the stereotypes dumped upon him. Often, the use of stereotypes just breaks down the real truth of a person.
When stereotypes of Boo are used, the truth is often obscured. Youll get killed if you touch that tree(pg 38) This quote reveals that the two siblings felt that Boo was a harmful person because of false rumors. Stereotypes are easily picked up, and used to horrible extreme when a large majority of people use them. This was the case with Scout and Jem when they picked up on the stereotypes going around the neighborhood about Boo. When I got there, my breeches were all folded and sewn up(pg 63)When Boo sewed Jems breeches together, this was a sign from Boo to let the children realize what a kind and pleasant man he really was. Also, Boo was considerate enough to save Jem from a couple of whippings, because after all, if Atticus were to see the torn pants he would have known Jem was the culprit in the Radleys yard. You were so busy looking at the fire, you didnt notice Boo behind you(pg 76) This was also a symbol which Boo shared to let the kids slowly realize the truth about him, that he was an innocuous caring person hiding behind a fading shadow.Boo just wanted to be seen as the real him instead of the horrid stereotypes which deformed his image.
Misconceptions are results of prejudice in Jehovahs Witnesses case. When they come strolling up peoples street, the first reactions to the neighborhood is to lock the door.
They lock their doors because they hear the jokes and prejudice against Jehovahs Witness which puts the thought in peoples minds that Jehovahs Witness is just a joke. On the other hand, many are already faithful followers to their own religion and dont want to waste the time listening to a mini sermon. Often times, Jehovahs Witness are ridiculed by members of other religions. When this occurs, members of the Jehovahs Witness feel uneasy about their religion, which lowers their self-esteem. Being prejudice towards a religion isnt very thoughtful considering that the Jehovahs Witness try their hardest to be faithful, while people mock at them just for being a member of the Jehovahs Witness. Furthermore, in peoples minds, they feel that Jehovahs Witness are fanatic about converting peoples religion. This is just a false stereotype about Jehovahs Witness which is the basis of prejudice towards Jehovahs Witness, that they are all crazy about converting people. These misconceptions are unfair, in that they are just out there to spread the word of their god, but are being mocked while they do.
Homeless people often fall victim to prejudice which makes them mockingbirds.
In the streets, they are avoided practically by everybody in sight. These actions are due to stereotypes about them, such as theyre all dirty and dangerous which is totally false. When they are avoided due to these cruel misconceptions, they dont have the chance to prove themselves as being a part of the society from where they are banned, which is highly unfortunate. In society, people are rude and mean to the homeless because of the prejudice surrounding them. These harsh acts are typical of people when they encounter a difference between themselves and some on else. When rudeness is the result of prejudice, the reason for being rude is that the person is a coward and must show his/her fear in
anger.This is so because most people can not face the fact 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 their fearful feelings towards the human society. They fear that if they try to come out of their of their own little society, we will mock and treat them as entirely unwanted guests which is probably true.
Misconceptions and stereotypes often lead up to prejudice. In order for us to stop creating mockingbirds, we must all look at things from every angle and have an open mind, without which, you are doomed to be tainted by the worlds obviousness. Remembering this, you will find out that most people are nice… when you finally meet them..(pg 284)