To Kill A Mockingbird Justice Analysis

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Within the world today, many people debate what true justice is. In To Kill a Mockingbird for example, there are many varying opinions on what they believe is right and wrong. The Tom Robinson case is hotly debated, with some believing that since he is a black man he is a liar and must be convicted, while others, like Atticus, defend Tom because they know he is an innocent decent human being who is telling the truth. However, the very idea of justice in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is expressed in the opinions of Atticus, the outcome of the Tom Robinson trial, and the death of Bob Ewell.

First of all, in To Kill a Mockingbird the opinions of Atticus are the most fair, and are the unwritten laws of the land in the book that people
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Ewell, justice does prevail. Bob Ewell took advantage of the law like his family is renowned for. He takes advantage of the fact that he is white, and is ultimately the cause of the death of Tom Robinson. These are breaking all the laws of the book that is shown through Atticus’s opinions yet the criminal justice system does nothing and only supports him. Justice has to be served and when Mr. Ewell attempts to cowardly murder the children, he is stopped and killed by Boo Radley, another mockingbird in the novel . Even though Boo did technically break the law and even though it would be a very simple case for Boo to win, Mr. Tate believes Boo did a good deed for the town and covers up for him and states simply “Let the dead bury the dead”, because everyone knows Bob Ewell is responsible for the death of Tom Robinson. He also doesn’t shine light on Boo because knows it would destroy him to go out into public after so many years of seclusion and tells Atticus that “taking one man who’s done you and this town a great service an’ draggin him with his shy ways into the limelight-to me, that’s a sin.” (Lee 370)Scout understands why Mr. Tate did this and tells Atticus when he asks her if she can understand that Mr. Ewell ‘fell’ on his knife she responds with “Yes sir, I understand”, “Well it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird.” (Lee 370) Daren Felty, a critic of this book agrees with this …show more content…
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, it reveals how justice is decided in the book by the opinions of Atticus, the Injustice of Tom Robinson’s trial, and the mockingbird murderer, Bob Ewell. Some people wonder, after reading this book, how could such an injustice happen to Tom when there was literally no evidence against him, but this case in fact, shares many qualities of the Scottsboro boys trials that happened in America, so we must learn from our mistakes and help prevent any more injustices from not just happening in America, but the rest of the

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