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Prejudice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel that can fool the reader into believing it is very simple. But when the reader delves beneath the surface, she could realize that we have a number of complicated themes running through the publication. One of the fundamental themes in this novel is the prejudice that was characteristic of southern town in the 1930? s. A variety of prejudices unite to form the nature of this city of Maycomb. The 3 chief prejudices encountered are those of race, class, and sex. The bias of humor, from the publication, makes the words of a lower-class white woman from a ne?er do nicely family readily accepted against people of a Negro with an abysmal standing. When Tom Robinson is accused of rape by Mayella Ewell, southern society and societal prejudice against blacks have to be preserved. Notwithstanding the flimsiness of Mayella?s accusation against a black man whose solitary arm is withered, the white of Maycomb are bound to believe Mayella simply because she is white. Despite Tom?s upstanding standing, the people of Maycomb can't allow a snowy woman?s accusation go unanswered because doing this would make the snowy element seem less exceptional. For these reasons the people of Maycomb form a mob in an attempt to persuade Atticus to lose his shield of Tom Robinson. Although most people have a less than high opinion of the Ewells, there is nevertheless that overriding solidarity that they feel must be shown against the Negro. The blacks live in their part of town, and the whites live in their section of town. This clear division must be preserved is southern society, as signified by Maycomb, will be to survive. This idea of a transparent division is enforce by Aunt Al.. .