From understanding the context the word is used in, Harper Lee proposes to the reader that the prejudice in Maycomb spreads from one character to another.
Miss Maudie also has some non- prejudiced views by saying that she is proud of “those people in this town who say that fair play is not marked white only.
This quotation tells the reader that the character of Miss Maudie was trying to say that she likes and is proud of the thought that black and white people would be able to use the same things, as well as being allowed to be round one another.
Eventually, nearer to the end of the novel Jem and Scout show their maturity and open – mindedness, which is evidently shown by making some ‘anti-racist’ remarks.
From the remarks Aunt Alexandra makes in the novel about the Cunningham family the reader can pick up the narrow-mindedness of the some of characters in the novel, and that in the time period the book was set, people just could not accept the fact that there were oloured people, people of different social status, and people who were just different in the sense they were not a stereotype of a Maycomb citizen, which characters like Aunt Alexandra show.
However the Cunninghams were never as bad as what the Ewell family was depicted as.Harper Lee may also use prejudice to give people a ‘feeling of reality’, so the readers feel as if they were present at the time period the book was written in.The author could also be telling us that the whole concept of prejudice, is everywhere in society, whether it is in the time period when the novel was written or today.There were big divisions of people’s social status in Maycomb.For example Aunt Alexandra was constantly making remarks about how high class the Finch family was.They were “white trash” and they were very poorly educated.By using the words “white trash”, Harper Lee has manipulated the reader into thinking that the Ewell family was so low in the social circle that they didn’t deserve to be called people.We know from the reaction of Jem towards the comments Mrs Dubose made, that Atticus’s children have been influenced by Atticus’s wise and open -minded views.In part two of the novel, racism is quite evidently shown by the jury when Tom Robinson is on trial.Groups that were victims of prejudice included the ‘Cunninghams’ and the ‘Ewell’ families.Aunt Alexandra didn’t used to let Scout play with Walter Cunningham as he was poor, was a farmer and was low class.