Discrimination, Courage, And Deceptive Appearances Essay

1387 Words Nov 15th, 2014 6 Pages
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, three themes are clearly shown which affect the plot and influence the events in the story. Discrimination creates injustice for characters through difference in treatment by Maycomb residents. Courage motivates characters to do what they feel will give them their desired outcome. Deceptive appearances change a character’s attitude towards a character they view in a negative light. These three themes change the actions the characters make, and they also change the course of the story. Thus, through studying the themes of discrimination, courage, and deceptive appearances, it will become evident how the themes are shown through objects, characters, and events, which is important because the readers can understand the characters’ decisions and behaviour on a deeper level. Discrimination and prejudice is visible in To Kill a Mockingbird by how the characters are treated, by Tom Robinson who embodies the theme, and by the choices the characters make which are influenced by discrimination and prejudice. People in Maycomb discriminate others for their social status, race, or how they behave. Aunt Alexandra is being prejudice towards Walter Cunningham Jr. in her conversation with Scout, due to his social status, even though she has not met him. This is clear when Aunt Alexandra says, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him” (Lee 301). Aunt Alexandra is not allowing Scout to play with Walter because she considers a boy…

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