To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee: An Analysis

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Imagine two children starving to death, bones clearly visible, and eyes sunken into their face. Now picture one of the children as an African American and the other as a little girl. As the images change so do people 's opinions. Instantly they feel different about the two images instantly and without hesitation. The opinions of people carry with them wherever they go, including the court of law. In Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch attempts to defend the life of Tom Robinson. Tom has been charged with rape and under capital punishment but the evidence shows he is innocent. At the same time Scout and Jem’s Aunt Alexandra decides to stay with her brother and his kids so that they can have some feminine influence and changes …show more content…
Atticus is incorrect in his statement because the statement is not based on the whole truth. If the Founding fathers wrote the truth the Declaration of Independence would say “All Men Are created Equal unless they are of African Descent". There are many types of people the courts discriminate against all the time even if the truth is obvious. People of color get thrown under the bus religiously if it is a white man 's word against a Black Man’s. According to a study done in the done by the US government in the 1940’s “An African-American, [who] was tried by an all-white jury in an Alabama county that was more than fifty-five percent black” (A History of Racial Injustice) and also in a different study done recently, America has the world 's highest percentage of Colored people convicted in a year (in 2011). Atticus himself even told Scout and Jem “In our Courts, when it is a white man 's word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (Lee 295). Even in today 's society, inequality for African American people happens but not as offended and noticeable as it was in Atticus’s time practicing law. Tom Robinson was destined to fail before the trial even started. Tom’s fate is because no man of the time would pick a Black man, or “Negros’s”, side but today the prejudice barrier is being chipped away with the “Black lives matter” movement. Back in the 1700’s black lives didn’t matter and women were inferior to men so after writing about the discrimination the next thing that the Founding Fathers would have written is “All Men are created Equal and are superior to females”. Women were prohibited from being on the Jury until 1973 and even then it was widely discouraged. The Sexist men’s justification was “women shouldn 't be asked to leave the home, or that their sensibilities were too delicate to hear the gory details during a

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