Essay On Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the past, there was a lot of injustice, and there are a lot of books that showed it. A specific book I’m writing about today is, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In this novel, Justice is influenced by age and race, and is distributed unequally in a small town called Maycomb County, specifically when; Tom Robinson, The Ewells, Atticus and his two children, Jem and Scout are affected. Firstly, the Ewells are allowed to do whatever they want, because they are lazy, and white. Initially, the book introduced the Ewells through Bob Ewells’ son, Burris who was very filthy, and mean. He was in Scouts class, and only came to school on the first day like the rest of the Ewells. They didn’t do any work and were lazy. When Scout got home …show more content…
To begin with, when Tom felt bad for Mayella the whole courtroom was shocked. To explain this in more detail, when Tom says, ““Yes suh, I felt right sorry for her”” (264), and then Scout thinks, “Below us nobody liked Tom Robinsons answer” (264). This means that although Tom Robinson might have more money, works harder, and is more respected in the black society, he’s still black, and that’s below any white person, and since the society thinks you can’t pity anyone higher than you, they got offended. In fact, when the court session was over, the jury and the audience knew Tom wasn’t guilty, but voted that he was. To prove this statement, during Atticus’ final statement he says, ““This case is as simple as black and white.”” (271), and ““The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.”” (271). In other words, the court members, and audience vote Tom as guilty, because he is black, and in Maycomb there is no way he will get a fair trial. Since the town is racist, even if Tom is innocent, he was sent to prison, because the jury is still stuck in that mindset. Not to mention, when Tom was in prison, he tried to escape, but the police shot him many times, and killed him. When Atticus came to tell everyone what happened, he said, “They fired a few shots in the air, then to kill ... seventeen bullet holes in him” (315) and also said, “ they didn’t …show more content…
Firstly, Atticus was teased by kids due to defending Tom through his children. In fact, a boy at school, Cecil Jacobs announced that, “Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers” (99) and, at Aunt Alexandra house, Cousin Francis said, “Grandma says its bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger-lover” (110) ,and keeps bothering Scout by saying “nigger-lover” many times eventually causing a fight. The true purpose of the kids saying these things is, because the society doesn’t accept that a white man can defend a black man, since they’re racist, so they tell their children, and that causes them to bother Jem and Scout. Besides the children, some adults even were very rude as well to Atticus due to the case. One particular person that used to bother Jem and Scout was Ms.Dubose, and while she is insulting the children she says, “Your fathers no better than the nigger and trash he works for” (135). This was very different to Jem and Scout because, normally only other kids would bother them about their dad, and the adults would talk about it behind their backs, but Ms.Dubose was the first adult who insulted their dad in front of their face. Lastly, many people started assuming things, and made very weird conclusions. For example, when Jem and Scout are casually walking in the neighbourhood some people would say, “there’s

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