Justice in To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is centered on the moral values and ideas of the people in Maycomb and how they react to things that go against their normal beliefs. All of the characters have their own senses of what is right or wrong, good or bad, etc. Aunt Alexandra's moral values are expressed throughout the book, especially in her feelings through her brother's case, but in public are confined to the indifferent and self-aware values of the county. While Aunt Alexandra has her set of displayed ideas and values shaped by the people in Maycomb, there are some hints to a hidden sense of justice in her throughout the story that gives her a sense of compassion for those discriminated in her world. Aunt Alexandra is a woman almost immersed in her desire and need to fit in in Maycomb on the outside. Most of what she does revolves around what most people would do, including many of her opinions, as she constantly conforms to the opinions of the majority. This is obvious as she will not let Scout be anything but a lady, will not let her play with anyone too far underneath them socially such as the Cunninghams or Ewells, and especially will not express her opinions on her brother's case unless they agree with the opinions of the rest of Maycomb. However, even while she is focusing on being the lady the county would expect her to be, some of her opinions are just slightly different. While she is having a meeting with the neighbor ladies and the conversation takes a racist turn, Miss Maudie speaks up, making herself look bad and unladylike in front of the others, something that Alexandra would never do, but does not go unnoticed to her, as “she gave Miss Maudie a look of pure gratitude, and I wondered at the world of women. Miss Mau... ... middle of paper ... ...a seems to be very distraught and heartbroken, as if she thought his death should not have happened. This display of emotion suggests that she had a deeper sense of justice than most of the people in Maycomb, and that she thought that what happened to Tom was immoral and unjust. Aunt Alexandra's first impression upon the reader is a shallow woman obsessed with others' view of her. However, as the story goes on, she shows signs of higher values, although she won't show them purposely. Even trying to conform to the views and opinions of Maycomb, Alexandra's hidden sense of right and wrong is expressed through her actions responding to the Tom Robinson case. Although Aunt Alexandra appears to have a set of shallow values compiled from those of Maycomb, she seems to have a sense of sympathy to those who are discriminated against by the majority as the story progresses.
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