To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

In Harper Lee's book, To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many examples of racism and injustice. During this time in history, racism was acceptable, and injustice was a problem in which everyone faced. Nobody likes to suffer from injustice, yet they do it to others. Racism and injustice were key themes in her book. Not only those who were black, but also those who were affiliated with blacks, were considered inferior. Atticus, a lawyer, who defended blacks in court, suffered from both counts. He was a man with great wisdom, and yet he suffered from the fact that he had taken on a Negro case. An example of this is when Mrs. Dubose said, "Your father's [Atticus] no better than the niggers and trash he works for!" He was constantly persecuted for his decisions, which made him work even harder at winning the case. Even though his family was made fun of, he stuck with his choice and worked the hardest he could to ignore the threats and harassment. He did very well to ignore all the abuse and was greatly respected after the trial was over. Blacks, because they were considered inferior, were expected to do everything for whites. Everything had to be perfect, without excuse. Even the Finch's family friend, Calpurnia, was mocked when she didn't make the perfect cup of coffee. "She [Calpurnia] poured one tablespoon of coffee into it and filled the cup to the brim with milk. I [Scout] thanked her by sticking out my tongue." One character in the book that suffered from injustice was Boo Radley. Many accusations were claimed about him even though they were untrue. Just because he didn't leave his house, people began to think something was wrong. Boo was a man who was misunderstood and shouldn't have suffered any injustice. Boo did not handle the injustice because he didn't know about it.

The character that suffered the most in the book was definitely Tom Robinson. He endured both racism and injustice because of one...
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