Justice & Injustice

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, Atticus Finch Pages: 3 (1036 words) Published: June 17, 2012
In any society, the role of justice as a peace mediator is an important figure that reflects upon those indirectly involved. Justice, being an ideal concept is not always affable to achieve. This is evident in the texts ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Aboriginal Injustices’ by Mick Mundine which highlights the effects of racial prejudice. This is also evident in ‘Future Speech’ by Severn Suzuki which displays the need for a governing justice system.

Justice and the law do not always coincide, as evident in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The legal system and the views of society do not always reflect each other. When society demands the persecution of those ‘guilty’ of punishable crimes and the legal system fails to prevail, justice cannot develop. This is evident in the trial of Tom Robinson in a white society. Racial prejudice circums the influential community of Maycomb as they actively attempt to persecute a man innocent of the accused rape of Mayella Ewell. This develops the concept that Justice is ideal but difficult to achieve. Through manipulation and centralistic views of the court room, various influential characters such as Bob Ewell are able to reduce the social value of this African American man. These intolerable actions are seen by Tom Robinson’s lawyer, Atticus Finch. Through the determination this lawyer presents before the reader, Atticus is able to positively reverse the facts and display to his community the realities of this case. Harper Lee develops the characterisation of Atticus Finch to display that justice is an ideal concept, but cannot be displayed in practice through the constant ignorant views of society.

The injustices of societies alike can truly be highlighted through the innocent eyes of Scout Finch, as evident in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The reader gains insights through first person, to display the prejudice society shows towards different people. Through a lack of knowledge and education, Boo Radley is portrayed as...
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