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To Kill a Mockingbird vs the Boy in the Stripped Pjs

  • Date Submitted: 12/01/2015 04:44 PM
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Discrimination happens all around the world.   These novels, To Kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee and The Boy in the striped Pajamas by John Boyne   are similar in context because they both discuss the discrimination between majority and minority.   Both novels are excellent examples of prejudice in our history.

In To Kill a Mockingbird the discrimination is   towards many characters including the Radley family due to fear of the unknown.   “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. [...]Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events [...] although the culprit was Crazy Addie,   who eventually drowned himself in Barker’s Eddy,   people still looked at the Radley Place,   unwilling to discard their initial suspicions” (Lee 15).   The people in Maycomb County believe they can blame all their problems on the Radley family.   They do this because the family never comes out of the house so he cannot tell them the truth and that they are a normal family that likes to be left alone.
As well The Boy in the Striped Pajamas has discrimination towards the Jewish people because of false information.   “Father and Mother obviously enjoyed the company of the soldiers- Bruno could tell that. But they’d never once invited any of the striped pyjama people to dinner” (Boyne 101).   The Germans treat the Jewish like slaves. They are not allowed to interact with the Jewish.
Both novels discuss the consequences of discrimination.   In To Kill a Mockingbird Maycomb residents find out the information about Boo Radley they were missing.   In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the Jewish people in the camp are being killed because of false information.

To Kill a Mockingbird   discusses the fact that innocent people are being killed because of their race.   “’Tom’s dead.’ […] ‘They fired a few shots in the air, then to kill. They shot him just as he went over the fence’” (Lee 248).   Tom is an African Americano man who is accused of raping a girl, and is eventually shot and...


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