The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is an exquisite example of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on a small Southern town post-Depression. On Harper Lee’s novel, Telgen states, “Comprising the main portion of the book’s examination of racism and its effects are the underlying themes of prejudice vs. tolerance: how people feel about and respond to differences in others” (292). The motif of discrimination in this story is strongly supported by numerous examples, events, and seemingly unimportant anecdotes described throughout the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird expounds upon the ideas, thoughts, and interpretations of Jean Louise Finch (also known as Scout) and her older brother Jeremy “Jem” Finch. As the siblings live out many adventures and mature, both in years and in experience, they start to learn and recognize the prejudices occurring in their town. While they were brought up by Atticus Finch, their father- a man who strongly believes in the equality of all- others in the town of Maycomb do not have these same views. These differences lead to many problems throughout Scout’s narration. This best-seller greatly expresses the repercussions of discrimination and prejudice of gender, race, and class. Throughout this piece of literature, there are numerous cases of gender discrimination that are apparent. While this particular prejudice may not play as large of a role as a theme as others, it is still quite critical to the overall storyline. Much of the use of this discriminatory element is obscure throughout Harper Lee’s novel. Nonetheless, after careful analyzing of the plot, this component is decidedly noticeable. In the opening chapters of the novel, we are introduced to this unit through Scout’s interactions with her older … … middle of paper … … Walter, Aunty, why can’t I?’… ‘Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him…'” (Lee 299-301). This conversation is a perfect example of social prejudice occurring in the novel. To expound upon this theme, the Raymond family is also a perfect example of class rank; the Raymond’s, specifically Mr. Dolphus Raymond, are looked down upon based on the interracial marriage and mixed offspring. The idea of this family is foreign to the residents of Maycomb and is, therefore, shunned by the other citizens. In addition, the Ewell family is also discriminated against; being of a less wealthy status, the Ewells are seen as unworthy. However, their status is partially due to personal choices and Mr. Ewell’s habits of drinking; these components all add up to a shunned family. These families express the impacts of social discrimination within the society of Maycomb.