To Kill A Mockingbird Injustice

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Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ explores the concept of injustice in society and to achieve equity individuals must challenge the derisive views of society. The novel intertwines the social and racial segregation prevalent in the town of Maycomb. This discrimination is fortified through an honourable lawyer Atticus who defends a wrongfully accused black man. Atticus conveys moral fortitude and strength of his convictions of the prevailing views of society and disagrees with the ingrained racial prejudice. Similarly the protest song ‘Hurricane’ conveys the accusation to Rubin Carter of falsely convicted murder due his race rendering prejudice ubiquitous which is opposed by the artist Bob Dylan.
The integrity Atticus attains portrays his
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The repetition of the harsh soundscape “the man the authorities came to blame for something that he never done” depicts the failure in the justice system and racism that was endemic in society. Thus it accentuates that society’s oppressive values of African- Americans rendered them powerless, lacking justice as it was easy to convict them for their individual problems. A similar concept is explored in To Kill a Mockingbird as Rubin Carter, alike Tom Robinson are considered inferior to ‘whites’ and both convicted of a crime they never committed, raping Malaya Ewell. The title “Hurricane” is a motif of the arising injustice for African- Americans in society and also symbolises the destructive menacing effect of racism. The repetition of the emotive language highlights the destructive physical and metaphorical nature of society’s derisive …show more content…
The figurative language “The trials was a pig-circus he never had a chance... Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums to the white folks who watched he was a bum” expresses that Bob Dylan condemns racism. He has also purposely associated African- Americans with lower social and economic standards to shock the demographic region of the injustice and social segregation represented. The pessimistic tone “Rubin’s cards were marked in advance” is enhanced through the couplet “all-white jury agree” as it evokes the issue of misconduct and racial prejudice as ‘blacks’ were deemed guilty for all matters. A similar concept is explored in to kill a mockingbird as Atticus like Bob is aware of the sordidness and injustice existing in courts and for African- Americans. It also recognises that Atticus would not win the case however simply defended Tom as an act or morality to challenge the unjust views of society. The acrimonious rhyme of “Crazy nigger… no one doubted he pulled the trigger” conveys that society’s views were oblivious to justice and racial equality hence leaving African- Americans deemed as the primitive race. Thus the lack of respectful moral ethics is prevalent through societies demeaning views that is contested by the individual

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