How To Kill A Mockingbird Injustice

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Injustice is a villain, but can it also be a hero? Justice is a great idea. It punishes the bad people and praises the good ones. Unfortunately, sometimes justice fails us; it failed Tom in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is called injustice and it plays a big part in both every day life and in the story. Although injustice can ruin lives, it can also save them. If one is innocent but gets convicted, it can ruin’s one’s future but might show how unfair the injustice was and make someone stand up for the next person in the same situation. Yet if one is a liar, but the court decision is in their favor, it saves their reputation. If someone goes through injustice everyday, it could end up with that someone saving lives. Injustice …show more content…
Mayella Ewell lied to court. By throwing Tom Robinson under the bus, she was able to protect her image. She said that Tom hurt her when in fact he did not and the court ended up ruling in her favor. It was not fair. Is it not true that justice supposed to punish the liars and protect the innocent? Yet, this was injustice, and it plays by no rules. Mayella could now live her life as normal because of the injustice of the court’s decision. In other words, it saved her future. Scout describes how Mayella managed to use injustice to save herself, "She did something every child has done—she tried to put the evidence of her offense away from her. But in this case she was no child hiding stolen contraband: she struck out at her victim—of necessity she must put him away from her—he must be removed from her presence, from this world. She must destroy the evidence of her offense. What was the evidence of her offense? Tom Robinson, a human being" (272). Scout enforces the fact that Mayella acted like a scared child trying to save the awful truth from coming out. Mayella Ewell is a liar, and she shouldn’t have won the court case. It was unfair, but as an adage says “you’re always better off with a really good lie”. If one is successful with a lie, it saves them from the …show more content…
Boo Radley deals with injustice every day. He is the main character of silly stories told by the people of Maycomb and is seen as a scary person. He is described in the book as a monster. "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained -- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten, his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time" (13). This rumor just shows how people actually believed unrealistic stories about Boo Radley. Doesn’t one have to prove a story is real to tell it like it’s real? Even though the stories are descriptive, there was actually no evidence to say that Boo Radley was actually the monster the people of Maycomb were describing. These townspeople did an injustice to Boo Radley by not seeing if the stories were true, but maybe if they had not Scout and Jem would have had a different life. Boo Radley saved them from Mr. Ewell. If he had not been so hidden and feared, he could have possibly have not been able to pull off killing Mr. Ewell. Even though Boo Radley had to face being judged by his own community, his image gave him an upper hand of being hidden enough to kill someone to save Jem and Scout.
Injustice is not good. It will never be good,

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