To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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As Benjamin Franklin once said, “The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.” This quote means that the harshest of the laws can bring the biggest injustice to citizens. In To Kill A Mockingbird society looks down on African Americans and defending African Americans is just like someone killing someone in this type of society. The problem is how African Americans got treated so differently and poorly in the all-white court system and in everyday life. Also, how people defending an African American got treated much differently than whites. (COUNTERCLAIM HERE) Harper Lee illustrates the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird by developing tolerant characters.
Mrs. Dubose treats the kids very poorly, just when they are just walking past her house. In the book Scout and Jem are walking through town and passed Mrs. Duboses house. As Mrs. Dubose says to Scout, “Don’t you say hey to me, you ugly girl! You say good afternoon Mrs. Dubose.” Mrs. Dubose is being rude to Scout just because Scout says hey to her. This is injustice because Scout has never done anything to her except for being friendly while walking by. Scout though does not know that Mrs. Dubose is dying and trying to not take morphine. In the book Atticus is defending an African American in court and no one likes that including Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose shouts rude comments to Scout and Jem about Atticus, “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for.” This should not have been said because Atticus is trying to be a good person. Back then even talking to an African American can lead you into terrible trouble. In the book after a rude comment Mrs. Dubose had made Jem had cut all of her flowers with a baton that he had got for Scout. After this happe...

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...Walter is trash. Walter just got labeled trash because of his social class. Aunt Alexandra is being very rude about all of this. The court case had been very unfair and because of this Scout started to realize the unfairness in society. “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts when it’s a white mans word againist a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but they are the facts of life.” This is not justice because no matter how much evidence there is that African Americans is not guilty the African American will still be the one who is getting blamed while the white person gets off the hook. As Benjamin Franklin had said the strictest law of not acceptiong some people in society becomes the biggest injustice that could happen.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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