Injustices In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
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There have been many famous pieces of literature, but one that stands out is the 1960's classic To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. Lee, who only wrote one book in her life time, wrote of prejudice, injustice, and racism in the 1930's. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the Deep South in the 1930's. To Kill a Mockingbird is a story in which a black mad is accused of doing something he didn't do. During the whole story some of the two of the main characters, Jem Finch and Jean Lousie Finch, grow up in there mind but, are still of young age. Different things happen along the way but the story is based on what happens to Tom Robinson the black man. It seems like so muck is going on at once but it isn't that hard to figure out that it is injustice. Injustice is a huge concept in this book; it is basically the prejudices and racism going on. In To Kill a Mockingbird there is lots of injustice and prejudice going on. Atticus Finch, Jean Lousie Finch, and Tom Robinson experience injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Particularly, Scout; witnesses injustices in To Kill a Mockingbird because she is so young. The first incident in which Scout (or Jean Lousie Finch) receives injustice is when Miss Caroline tells her that she is not to be taught to read any more. "Miss Caroline told [Scout] to tell [Atticus] not to teach her to read any more ..." (Lee 17) with that scout proceed to tell her that Atticus hasn't taught her to read ever. At the beginning of the story Scout and her brother Jem only know that their father Atticus is an old lawyer and that all he does is work and read. As the story progress they realize that their father is really a good man and he does a lot of good thing for people. Scout thinks that Atticus is too old to do any thing and that Miss Caroline is just too new the area. This is an example of injustice because Scout is being told to do something that she does not want to do. Scout wants to be able to read and write with out being told that she can not. As Jem explains that Miss Caroline has a new way of teaching and it is by not using books.
Scout thinks that it is dumb but really its not.
Another example of injustice with Scout is when she goes with Atticus and Jem to the family plantation for Christmas and she gets in trouble, for beating up her cousin, even though her uncle will not listen to her side of the story. Scout is out side with her cousin and he will not stop calling her father or his uncle a "Nigger Lover". So Scout hits him and he goes in and says something to his mother.
So her uncle came outside and yelled at her with out listening to what she had to say.
This is an example of injustice because her side of the story was not been able to be told. If her side of the story had been told then the reader could figure that Scouts cousin would have gotten yelled at instead of Scout. Scout witnesses some injustices and these are just a few of them.
Secondly, Atticus is one of the main persons that observes injustice. One time that Atticus receives injustice is when the guys from the country come to the jail and are there to kill Tom Robinson, and the only way the guys wouldn't have beat up Atticus is because his daughter ran up to him and talked both their ways out of it. This is an example of injustice because this gang of guys want to take out Atticus so that they could get to Tom.
Another example of injustice to Atticus was when Bob Ewell spit in his face. Bob Ewell spit in his face because Atticus was defending Tom Robinson. Atticus was appointed to Tom in his trial that he was apart of it. Bob hates Atticus because Bob is white trash and Atticus is not. This is an example of injustice because that shouldn't happen to any one because that just not right. Even though his is just doing his job he is hated.
Another person to receive injustice is Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is the character to receive the most injustice in this book. The First incident in which Tom receives injustice is when he is arrested for the rape of Mayella Ewell. The truth is that he did not rape but she came on to him. Mayella lies to the court and tells them that Tom came on to her because he father is a bad person. Her father probably beat her and told her what to say. That's how it went in the 1930's; you were told what to do and what to say and when. This is an example of injustice because Tom Robinson is black, black people in the thirty's especially in the south were either put in jail for a long time or killed for the bad things that they did. Most of the time that person was probably innocent but was killed because they were black.
Furthermore, a Second example of injustice towards Tom Robinson is when he is killed. Tom Robinson went back to jail and tried to escape so he could see his family and when he was trying to escape he was shot and killed. All he wanted to do was see his family for a while and then go back to where he needed to be. This is an example of injustice because he was accused, tried, and killed all because the color of his skin was black. Before the sixties and Martin Luther King Jr. and all that, black people should have been treated just like white people. Some people are good and some bad but others shouldn't judge a person by the color of their skin.
To conclude, Jean Lousie Finch, Atticus Finch, and Tom Robinson experience injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird. Readers should learn from this book that it is not okay to judge a person until you truly know them. It's unfair to tell some one that they can not sit in the front of the bus or drink out of the same water fountain as another person. All people have color to their skin and people shouldn't judge others because of it. This book teaches the readers that killing an innocent person isn't right and that you need to have evidence before you harm someone. We still red this book today because it show what goes on when civilized people don't do things right And not to kill some one who is only there to help and not harm. Just like the Mockingbird who only sings to entertain people and not to annoy them.
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