Analyzing Abstract Concepts

By: Kyle Klemme and Ben Kenyon

Prejudice

  • 1-Prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
  • Our feeling about this word is that it is a judge mental word. Somebody that jumps to conclusions. Another thing we feel about the word is that could relate to somebody that is narrow minded.
  • A couple of things we think about when we hear prejudice is in the book "Pride and Prejudice." We also think about the word stereotype.
  • 2- Prejudice as a concept means to us as a thought process that has been shaped by the events in our lives and the nature of someone over subjects. People naturally view the world in their own way and that is clearly shown in prejudice. This can be seen from people's feelings over their favorite color all the way to important political figures and world events.
  • 3- we see prejudice in "To Kill A Mockingbird" a lot with the townsfolk in the story. Since they all grew up together in a small town, they are very judge mental towards outsiders (such as the new first grade school teacher) and also we see how Scout has this radical thought of how Boo Radley looks like even though she has had no hard proof and that there is no credible source.
  • 4- Prejudice is seen in our society in all forms of life. We see this in the opinions of people on upcoming presidential candidates being very biased for many reasons that can not be backed with a credible source ( many hate Hillary for being a women or being a Clinton which has no impact on how she would be as president). Also this is seen with how the average Americans look on the middle eastern people are widely seen as people that we should not let into our country, even though they have no better reason not to give them a chance.
  • 5- The picture below is a sign most likely put up at the front of a store in the times of segregation in Dallas, Texas. I think this is a perfect example of prejudice towards something (an entire race) that literally had no reason to start. Many of the opinions of people at the time were only carried on by their family's beliefs and were only there because people looked different. The segregation of people that had done nothing wrong is clearly an act of prejudice and that is why I gave it as the example in the picture below.
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Courage

  • The ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief.
  • Standing up to something, bravery.
  • Heroes, military, and first responders
  • Doing something for the greater good with obstacles in the way. The people that risk their lives fighting to protect us and for our freedom. To us it means that a person with courage will do anything no matter the danger involved in that task.
  • In TKAM we see courage in Atticus. Atticus is defending a "negro" or black person in court. The whole town is against Atticus defending this person, but he doesn't care because he knows he is doing the right thing. People threaten him and his family, but he stands by what the right thing to do is.
  • We see courage in our society in the fight to end terrorism. Thousands of Americans have volunteered to go overseas to fight for our safety and freedom. Those people go fight knowing there is a chance that they will be killed in action or die but they fight anyways.

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Obligation

  • An act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound
  • You are entitled to something or you made a promise and you have to fulfill that promise.
  • Being a good citizen and voting. Keeping your promises. Getting your education.
  • A responsibility to do certain things, something that you should do because it is morally right, and a course of action someone is required to take.
  • Atticus having a moral obligation to defend Tom Robinson is the case even though it is wrong in many of the citizen's eyes. Jem's obligation to being a good older brother or a good role model for Scout.
  • In our society we are supposed to vote, not break the law, and be a polite and kind person.
  • This picture is an example of obligation for the people in the United States. They are expressing their right to vote, which they are obligated to do. This allows the best outcome for the people and should always be done for the benefit of everyone.
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Injustice

  • Lack of fairness or justice
  • something not fair
  • Batman movies, Injustice Gods among us
  • A situation was handled unfairly for one side of an argument. People unfairly accused and treated for something they can not control. People being discriminated for their race or beliefs.
  • The Tom Robinson case and Boo Radley show how people were wrongly accused and imprisoned unfairly for their race and beliefs.

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