Prejudice In Literature Prejudice stems from many things. It can come from any person at any time. Sometimes it is a part of a person when they are born. A whole town, state, or country could show prejudice towards others. Prejudice in many cases ends in violence. Hitler showed an extreme example when he killed all of the Jews.
He though that they were all inferior and the Germans were the superior race. Hitler did not think all of his decisions all the way through. Prejudice is caused by the lack of knowledge of others. The book, 12 Angry Men, showed a lot of prejudice from the jurors. During the case most of the jurors based their first decision on a stereotype.
They looked at the defendants past history of crime and just assumed that he was guilty. Only one juror at the beginning had the courage to stand up to all the others with his beliefs. As time passed he got others to follow him as they looked over all the evidence. The Defendant could have been put in jail or even killed for a crime that he didnt commit. This prejudice could have ended in a terrible mistake and could have taken this mans life or at least a good portion of it.
In To Kill a Mockingbird the prejudice came from a whole community. The white portion of the town thought that just because Tom Robinson was black he must be guilty. The black community was right when they said Tom was not guilty. During the case all of the evidence pointed away from Tom and towards Mr. Ewell. Atticus is mocked more than anyone else in town because he didnt have to defend Tom.
He made the decision to do it because that is what he thought was right. Even though Atticus showed evidence that would have made it easy to convict Mr. Ewell Tom was convicted of rape. In the end this prejudice takes the life of Tom. Realizing that no matter what he did he would always be guilty he decided to try and escape prison.
He started climbing the fence and after a short warning they fired several shots into him. That killed him on the spot. Even those prison guards showed prejudice. They didnt need that many bullets. Mr.
Raymond was mocked also. Everyone thought he was drunk 24 hours a day and thats the only reason he married a black person. They thought he didnt understand what he was doing. They just figured that was he drank was alcohol but it was just soda. Prejudice blocks peoples abilities to think straight. Even Babe had prejudice in it.
You can tell something is a problem when it even happens with animals. Babe was put in a bad position in the first place. He was taken away from his mother when he was real small. From there he was brought to a farm. There the rest of the animals told him that pigs had no use to anyone.
This hurt Babes feelings because he thought that he didnt have a purpose now. Babe eventually realized that he did have a purpose. He was the best sheep pig ever. He was better than any dog they could put out there. Babe showed everyone else that sometimes it isnt appearance that shows who you are but instead its the way you act.
Mr. Hoggett had to put up with prejudice also. Even though the rules said there was nothing wrong with a sheep pig the judges still contested it. They said he would lose respect by the committee. Instead Babe showed that Mr.
Hoggett made the right decision when he entered Babe. The Cage had a serious amount of prejudice. The story takes place during World War II. During the war Hitler would have anyone killed that is of Jewish ancestry. This puts Rivas family in a lot of trouble.
Everyday a few more people were hunted out and sent to concentration camps. Time after time they have to get under their table and hide in the basement until the soldiers leave. Just to make the situation worse their mother is taken away. People start getting sick and they cant pay for medicine. The soldiers didnt care.
They would do what ever Hitler told them. They lost their conscience to tell them whats right and wrong. Hitler had them brainwashed. This prejudice results in family members dying. All these books or videos show prejudice because the authors or producers want to show the readers or viewers what they might be doing wrong. Prejudice isnt considered a big deal.
These productions showed that in many cases prejudice results in death. Only sometimes can it be overcome with good. Prejudice is caused by the lack of knowledge of others.