To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird is a perfect example of an unsubstantiated judgment or an
opinion about an individual. The prime message in the novel is that of racism,
how the actions of a community, not just a parent, can affect a child. Born,

Nelle Harper Lee in 1926, Monroeville, Alabama. She attended school at three
different colleges where she studied law, Huntington College from 1944-1945,

University of Alabama from 1945- 1949, and studied one year at Oxford

University. The study of law and its principles helped her develop the way she
was brought up. Her upbringing gave her raw material to write her only book. She
was the youngest of four kids. When she started off in the real world she worked
as a reservation clerk with Eastern Airlines and BOAC in New York City. To
concentrate on her writing she quit working as an airline clerk. In 1957 she
submitted the manuscript of her book to the J. B. Lippincott Company. She was
told that her novel consisted of a series of short stories strung together. She
was urged to rewrite it. For the next two and a half-year she reworked the
manuscript with the help of her editor, Tay Hohoff, and in 1960 To Kill A

Mockingbird was published. Harper Lee only wrote one book so far, and critics
are waiting for her next book. There have not been as much published on the
doings of Lee since 1966. Prejudice, strictly defined, a preformed and
unsubstantiated judgment or opinion about an individual or a group, either
favorable or unfavorable in nature. In modern usage, however, the term most
often denotes an unfavorable or hostile attitude toward other people based on
their membership in another social or ethnic group. The distinguishing
characteristic of a prejudice is that it relies on stereotypes (oversimplified
generalizations) about the group against which the prejudice is directed.

Examples of prejudice abound in history. In most cases, a prejudiced attitude
held by a dominant ethnic group against a minority or disadvantaged group within
the same society. The most elaborate kind of discrimination is segregation—the
isolation of ethnic groups enforced by law or custom or both. Examples of
segregation include the strict confinement of Jews to the ghettos of medieval

European cities and the rigid race-separation laws of modern-day South Africa,
but segregation can also apply to the exclusion of a member of a minority group
from social clubs or from access to particular jobs or educational
opportunities. The mixing of ethnic groups might be expected to lead to the
rapid disappearance of prejudice, on the theory that prolonged contact between
people should destroy stereotypes. In practice, however, prejudiced attitudes
often have proved extremely difficult to eradicate, even when law enforces
integration. Racism today is not as strong as it was 20 years ago. There was a
time where African Americans could not even drink out of the same drinking
fountain as the "white" people. It is true the today racism is not as bad of
an issue, but no matter who denies racism, it is still a major part of the
society. Not long ago in Daytona Beach Florida, there was a trial of prejudice.

The major hotel chain, The Adam’s Mark was charged with prejudice towards

African Americans. The Adam’s Mark charged double for room service, made the
black guests of the hotel where wrist bands, would not allow their cars in
parking garages, and most important treated them as animals. This is only one
situation of prejudice that goes on this day is age, everyday someone or
something is hurt with prejudice. Not only is prejudice in hotels, but it is on
the street, in the schools, and in the homes of many people today. Still today
there are racial fights that break out. In the schools, there are very few black
children that attend public schools. In the homes of many Americans, the issue
of African Americans is a daily situation. In the book "To Kill A

Mockingbird", prejudice is an overall issue. Prejudice runs wild in Maycomb

County. The town has prejudice against blacks. This is seen in the case against

Tom Robinson. Robinson is wrongly accused, and loses his life due to racism in
the community. Even though it is obvious, to every person in the jury, that

Robinson could not have committed the crime, and that he is an upright and
religious churchgoing man, he is still accused of rape and jailed. It is obvious
that he is innocent through evidence presented by Atticus, Bob Ewell is
left-handed, Tom’s left hand is useless, etc. But since the