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Prejudice in both Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird
leads to a tragic ending. The two main characters in Romeo and Juliet are
driven to suicide by the hatred between their families that is fueled by
prejudice. Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird tries to defend a black man in
court to uphold his sense of justice however he is fully aware how prejudice
the American white society towards the black population is, therefore he is
setting himself up for an impossible task. In both stories prejudice leads to hatred,
the characters having to face numerous challenges and ultimately deaths.

Hatred based on prejudice can be found in the background of
every important act in both stories. In Romeo and Juliet the two main
characters fall in love despite the undying feud between their families. We do
not find out what the cause of the hatred is, we only know that it has been
going on for a long time. It has been going on for so long that the families
most likely don’t even remember how it started. Therefore their hatred against
each other at the time is solely based on prejudice. The Capulets cannot agree
to Juliet marrying Romeo not because they do not like Romeo as a person or they
have anything against his character but simply because he is Montague. Romeo is
a handsome, intelligent and sensitive young adult. His passion and idealism
makes him a very charming character. Juliet is a young girl who appears to be
very quiet and innocent at the beginning of the play. She knows almost nothing
about love and marriage. However she grows up and matures quickly upon falling
in love with Romeo. She trusts him with her life. However the lovers cannot be
together due to the hatred between their families. The nature of hatred in the
book To Kill a Mockingbird is based on racial discrimination. Atticus is a
lawyer in the small town of Maycomb, a single father of Jem and Scout. He is a
man of wisdom and great character. Most of the people of Maycomb are
judgmental, racist and discriminating. In the center of the novel is the trial
of Tom Robinson. Robinson is a black man who is accused of raping a white woman,
an unthinkable crime. Robinson represents the black race in 1930’s American
society. After being accused of rape most people see him as an evil and hate
him. Just because he is black people are convinced that he must have committed
the crime. Atticus’s decision to defend Robinson in court is not based on
Robinson being black but on Robinson being innocent. However he knows from the
start that Robinson will most likely be convicted despite his innocence due to the
white population’s prejudice attitude towards black people. Prejudice feeds the
hatred in both stories from the beginning to the end.

The main characters in both stories need to face many
challenges due to the prejudice fueled hatred. In Romeo and Juliet when the two
fall in love with each other it presents a major issue. The feud between the
two families makes Romeo get into fights and ultimately to kill Tybalt and
Paris. The murder of Tybalt causes Romeo’s banishment from Verona which creates
another obstacle that prevents the lovers from being together. Romeo feels that
the exile is worse than death. Being separated from Juliet is worse than being
dead since he might never see Juliet again. The news of Tybalt’s death
initially produces mixed feelings for Juliet. She is torn between her love for
Romeo and the loyalty she feels for Tybalt, her cousin. Her love for Romeo however
proves to be stronger and she is devastated when she learns about Romeo’s
banishment. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird addresses many controversial
issues. Atticus faces many challenges in his profession, family and town. He agrees
to defend Tom Robinson. This is a case which he knows he cannot win. Members of
the town feel that he should not defend Robinson because he is black. The novel
is set in a time of racial discrimination. Atticus believes in justice and he feels
that despite the circumstances he needs to give Robinson the strongest defense
he possibly can. There is sufficient proof that Robinson did not commit the
crime but since he is a black man he will be denied justice. If it’s a white
man’s word against a black man’s word the white man will always win. Generally
this was the mentality of most Americans at the time. The hatred towards the
black population was purely based on prejudice. The trial of Tom Robinson is a
reflection of the American society as a whole. The challenges the characters
need to face in both stories are caused by prejudice. Due to these challenges
the characters find themselves in the middle of intense inner conflicts.

The prejudice fueled hatred also leads to deaths in both
stories. In Romeo and Juliet Mercutio’s, Tybalt’s, Paris’s, Lady Montague’s
deaths as well as the lovers’ suicide are all connected to the hatred. The two
families’ prejudice attitude towards each other drives Juliet and then Romeo to
commit suicide at the end. They become the ultimate victims of their families
prejudice behavior. The Capulets’ and the Montagues’ behavior is prejudice because
the individuals in the play are solely judged by their family roots and not by
their characters. The tragic outcome of the play is unavoidable. The society’s
prejudice behavior also leads to deaths in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. At
the end of Tom Robinson’s trial Atticus tries to stress on racism in his
closing remarks, and he asks the jury to do their duty and to acquit Robinson.
Atticus tells the jury that they all know Robinson is innocent and they should not
convict him just because he is black. When the jury delivers the guilty verdict
the twelve men never even look at Tom Robinson. The all-white, all-men jury
convicts him and he becomes a victim of racial injustice. After his conviction
Tom Robinson attempts the escape from prison and the guards shoot him numerous
times. He pays with his life for America’s racial prejudice in the 1930s. The
fact that most people in Maycomb did not feel that his trial was unfair makes
his death even more tragic. Bob Ewell also dies at the end of the novel. He is
stabbed by Boo Radley however the official report says that he accidentally
fell on his knife. The events are spiraling out of control towards the end of
the novel. In both stories numerous people lose their lives due to the events
caused by other characters’ prejudice behavior.

Romeo, Juliet and Atticus are all standing opposite of
groups infected with prejudice attitude. Romeo and Juliet cannot hate each
other despite the ongoing hatred between their families. No matter what their
families tell them they refuse and cannot see each other as enemies. They only
care about their love and each other. Atticus is the character least influenced
by prejudice. He has no problems with his children attending Calpurnia’s
church, he constantly reminds Scout not to use racial slurs and he personally
goes to Tom’s home to tell Helen about his death. Despite these three
characters attempts prejudice fuels all the notable happenings in both stories
and directs the events towards the tragic conclusions.