The Theme Of Justice Act Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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The theme of justice plays a major role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Ideally, justice would be blind to race, gender or other differences yet, as shown in To Kill a Mockingbird, it isn 't and for the most part, justice is not served. Many innocent characters, or mockingbirds, are subject to the injustice of the prejudice folks of Maycomb County and, consequently, are destroyed. These mockingbirds include, but are not limited to, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell and Jem Finch. Very little justice is served in To Kill a Mockingbird because during that time period in the Southern United States prejudice and racism was prevalent, partially because the people of Maycomb are unable, or refuse to stand in each other 's shoes. The movie was clearly fiction, but it symbolized for me a cultural acknowledgement of an ugly chapter in our history where racism interfered with an equitable disbursement of justice. The movie depicted the era of southern lynching, Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement. Justice, particularly in the south, was not meted out in a colorblind manner.
The movie starred Gregory Peck as attorney, Atticus Finch, who represented an African American man, Tom Robinson, who was wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in a Southern Mississippi town. The evidence clearly established that Robinson had not committed any crime against the alleged victim. Rather, the facts indicated that the alleged victim’s father had physically assaulted her after witnessing…

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