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Justice in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Transcript of Justice in To Kill a Mockingbird

Justice and Injustice in
To Kill a Mockingbird

Example 2
Tom was innocent and still was accused of rape. This is an example of injustice.
Example 3
The next example would be Nathan and his father keeping Boo locked up in his house for his entire life, basically.
JUSTICE
To judge or magistrate, in particular a judge of the supreme court of a country or state.

In Harper Lee's book she uses many themes, one being justice. Throughout the book justice was shown in the trial and in Scout, Jem, and Atticus' everyday life.
EXAMPLE 1
Why it is injustice
This is injustice because Boo didn't really do anything wrong. he was just a child and didn't know any better. He shouldn't have been punished that much.
Why it is injustice
This is injustice because even though it was Bob Ewell who raped Mayella, Tom was accused and charged with the crime because he was black.
Why it is justice
this is an example of justice because Tom was innocent and Atticus knew that and defended him in court even though it wasn't the normal thing to do.
Atticus defended Tom Robinson in the trial even thought he knew he wouldn't win.
Example 4
Dolphus Raymond was shunned from his community because he is white, married to a black woman, and has mixed children.

Why it is injustice
He was judged as a person and couldn't be with the woman he loved just because of the color of her skin.
Quote One
Atticus also insists to the jury that "there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court." (Lee 234).
This is an example of justice because Atticus is one of the few men that treat black and whites equal.
Quote 2
As Judge Taylor banged his gavel, Mr Ewell was sitting smugly in the witness chair, surveying his handiwork. With one phrase, he had turned happy picnickers into a sulky, tense, murmuring crowd, being slowly hypnotized by gavel taps lessening in intensity until the only sound in the court room was the dim pink-pink-pink; the judge might have been rapping the bench with a pencil. (Lee 182).
The court room spectators find it hard to believe that Bob was getting fairly treated when obviously Tom was innocent.
Quote 3
"I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system—that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty."
Atticus believes everyone deserves a fair chance no matter the color of their skin. Even though he knew he wouldn't win the case, he stayed positive throughout.
Quote 4
"I'm not a very good man, sir, but I am sheriff of Maycomb County. Lived in this town all my life an' I'm goin' on forty-three years old. Know everything that's happened here since before I was born. There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it's dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead." (Lee 312).
Heck Tate is the sherrif but he is not 100% commited to the law. He knwos whats right and is a man similar to Atticus.
Connection One: The Help
Throughout this movie, the black maids are discriminated even though half of them are smarter and more thoughtful than the white women. Miss Celia was the only one who saw the blacks potential and intelligence.
Connection 2
Remember the Titans
The black players that joined the white football team were discriminated by the white coaches and team members. By then end, they learned to accept each other for who they are and respected each other.
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