What Is Justice in Relation to to Kill a Mockingbird

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Sammy Penesa
Mrs. Peterson
English10, Per.6
1/14/13
TKAM Essay: What is Justice?
Justice is the most complex word to ever befall mankind. Some people define it as the act of fairness, others believe it to be truth, reason, and fact all wrapped up in one. In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, justice proves why it is not so easily understood when a town unjustly convicts a man of a crime he did not commit. When personally deciding what justice means we can take three basic observational truths to narrow down our search. We must be able to decide what justice is to us, what the majority rules justice as, and take into account what the opposite of justice is, injustice. Justice is not an avoidable principle in life. Sooner or later, we as human beings must decide for ourselves what the word and the actions that come with it means to us personally. A great quote to reinforce this principle of judgment is provided in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Here, Atticus Finch explains to his son how people have a general understanding of Justice, but are more often then not swayed by their own opinions on the matter. ..."Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong..." "They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... " From that small essence of truth, we can draw that Atticus is not easily influenced by majority thinking. Like Atticus, we as people with our own thoughts, and our own opinions should always decide on a matter unbiasedly, taking all points into account and weighing them with our own understanding of the situation. Justice, after it is all said and decided, is a choice that may decide the such pressing matter as even life and death. When presented with the majority outlook on justice, we must check to see if that majority is credible. This is the case in the book To Kill a Mockingbird once again. "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself....
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