The Importance Of Justice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Maycomb, Alabama. A small, old southern town populated with families who have lived and grown there for generations, where everyone knows everyone. All faces are familiar and news spreads faster by mouth than it could by paper. A racial divide so wide an innocent man could be convicted of a crime he did not do, with the color of his skin as the most convincing factor. In the work To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Atticus’ search for justice to convey that everyone is deserving of justice. Atticus exemplifies an understanding and search of justice through his relationship with those in the community, through his relationship with his children and through his court case.

Throughout the story, Atticus’ relation to members of the
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Atticus reaffirms his strong propensity for justice in this case, with remarks such as “there is no man in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing” (Lee 273) and “courts are the great levelers, and in [the] courts all men are created equal” (Lee 274) to provoke his viewpoint in those in the courtroom that all people are deserving of equality. The verdict of Tom Robinson as guilty does not come as unexpected in the least, yet despite the unjust decision a notable change in the minds of the jury took place. The outcome more significant is not the verdict, but the length at which it took for the members of the jury to reach one. Atticus labels it a “shadow of a beginning” (Lee 297), a clear effect produced by his efforts, signifying a success to his search. Jem, Scout, and Dill shift in their mindsets as well, learning of the commonality of injustice served to those innocent by witnessing one themselves. Jem, Scout and Dill understanding true injustice reinforces the success of Atticus’ endeavors to promote justice. Throughout the novel Atticus deals with the challenge of teaching his children the correct choices to make in life, and his success in doing so validated by the impacts Atticus fight has in them, and Dill as well. closing …show more content…
In the small town of Maycomb, the community is likeminded and narrow-minded at that. There will not be a change in ways unless there is a great and forceful push for one and Atticus has provided that. His need to equalize and find fairness in all aspects of life and people led to progress, despite a loss. It is a loss but not without significance. People’s minds were impacted. Jem, Scout, and Dill cried at the outcome. Members of the black community sent Atticus food to show appreciation for his effort. Those who were able to see the injustice brought upon Tom Robinson would remember, and know the need for justice no matter the circumstance. Atticus may not have achieved justice in the court case but he impacted the minds of those ignorant, which in turn could cause justice to spread from the select few who are given it to the entirety of people who deserve.

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