April 18, 2013
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee he talks about Injustice, Justice and Judgment. The theme of justice plays a major role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Justice would be blind to race, gender or other differences yet, as shown in To Kill a Mockingbird, it isn't and for the most part, justice is not served. Many characters are subject to the injustice of the prejudice folks of Maycomb County and, consequently, are destroyed. These characters include: Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell and Jem Finch. Very little Justice is served in To Kill a Mockingbird because during that time period in the Southern United States prejudice and racism was prevalent, partially because the people of Maycomb are unable, or refuse to stand in each other shoe’s. Some symbols that go with Justice and Judgment are: Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson.
The First example of Injustice, Justice and Judgment is Atticus Finch. The only true voice of justice that exists in Maycomb belongs to Atticus who passes morality to his children and tries to instill his views of justice to the other individuals of Maycomb. The reason why Atticus is so just is because he possesses the ability to stand in another person's shoes. Speaking out in a town full of emotionally ignorant and prejudice people is no easy task and Atticus ultimately fails at changing the views of the people of Maycomb. However, he does manage to make the people of Maycomb, especially the jury for Tom Robinson's trial, think about their actions. Metaphorically, Atticus is putting the people of Maycomb and the prejudice of society on trial. Atticus realizes that the judicial system isn't flawed but they jury of his peers is, who allow racial prejudice to interfere with their decisions and the outcome of the trial. Even though Atticus works in the Justice System, because of the outcome of the Tom Robinson trial, he...