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Evil and Injustice in Harper Lee´s Novel:To Kill a Mockingbird

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Imagine a world where evil and unjust actions are based on the color of skin; a world where some don’t even realize that they are prejudicing. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, these themes are present. People and how they commit evil, hypocritical, and unjust acts. We see these themes and great issues through the point of view of a child; the vigorous, youthful, elementary-aged Scout. Through this character Harper Lee shows the innocence of children, and what they go through in our inequitable world.
The first major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is evil in society. The most evil act in this book is at the end; the attacking of Atticus’ children. In the end Bob fails, having accidentally killed himself. The book states that Bob is “found on the ground…with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs.” (280) Having attacked the children, he fulfilled is threat that one day he would get back Atticus; not only that, but Bob tried to hurt him through his children; innocent, not full grown, and no match for Bob Ewell. That is truly evil.
The second major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is hypocrisy in society. In such a society where both evil and injustice are almost always present, hypocrisy must tag along. One example of hypocrisy in To Kill a Mockingbird is after Tom Robinson’s trial; quite soon after the trial, Bob Ewell “approached him [Atticus], cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him.”(230) This is quite hypocritical because although Ewell portrayed himself as a good man during the trial, he is willing to disrespect, frighten, and threaten to kill a man who thinks otherwise. This is not the only example. Scout eve...

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...iod, accepts that the system is so unjust and segregated that he can only accept how it is. This quote also explains that our justice system isn’t completely clear or fair. If the majority of people will something to happen legally, almost no matter how prejudiced, those people will make it happen.
Think back the world where evil and unjust actions are based on the color of skin. To Kill a Mockingbird is all about that world. It is about a real world and a real-time period where this injustice would happen. All of these quotes together show how evil, hypocrisy, and injustice are prevalent in society; they show us how normal people can be prejudiced, how they can cheat out others for their own personal gain, or even just because they don’t like that person. On top of it all, these quotes are through an innocent child’s perspective.
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