Common Human Experiences in To Kill A Mockingbird In To Kill A Mockingbird there are three common human experiences. All of these common human experiences act as learning experiences for the narrator of the story, Scout. The main common human experience of the novel is prejudice. Scout has many confrontations with prejudice through tout the novel. There are many levels and divisions in the characters such as race, sex, and social status. With all of these levels and divisions there is a lot of prejudice in the novel.
The first prejudice in the story occurs at the Tom Robinson trial. Tom Robinson does not relieve a fair trial because he is black and May ella Ewell, the woman Tom is accused of raping, is white. Atticus proves without a doubt that Tom is innocent. But in a all white jury guilt or innocence is not important to them the only thing that is important to them is that Tom Robinson is black. Even if the jurors wanted to say that they beleive d Tom was innocent they would have to face the people of Maycomb and then they would be shunned for letting a black man go free. Boo Radley was also the victim of prejudice.
The people of Maycomb county did not understand Boo, he was not seen outside of his house and people did not know what to think. They made up their own ideas of what he was like and made him out to be some sort of monster. They pre-judged him because he was different than they were. Scout later met Boo and discovered that of him were false.
People of the world are part of different races, which share different biologically transmitted traits that members of society deem socially significant. Nineteenth-century biologist labeled people with relatively light skin and fine hair as Caucasians; they called those with darker skin and coarser, curlier hair Negroid; and people with yellow or brown skin and distinctive folds on the eyelids ...
The second common human experience is courage. Atticus displays two different types of courage in the novel. the first is a mental courage when he defends Tom Robinson even though the chances of winning are almost hopeless. This act is also courageous because he knows by defending Tom he will shunned by his peers and people will see him as a traitor. The second type of courage is amore physical act of courage when he shoots a charging mad dog. The third common human experience of the story is a right of passage.
Scout goes through a right of passage and becomes more mature through a number of learning experiences throughout the novel. She learns to look at situations through other peoples eyes and Atticus taught her to respect all people regardless of their color, sex or social status. These and many other experiences help scout to achieve a better understanding of the her.