I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try Moreno To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- an essay on how justice and injustice is represented in the novel. By Browne ready to rise to the ceiling. ” (Peggy). It was unheard of in the sass’s white society that this book was set in to have a black man feel sorry for a white woman, and this added to the reason why Tom got convicted. ‘”Given,’ said Tactics. ‘Tom Robinsons a colored man, Gem. No Jury in this part of the world’s going to say, “We think you’re guilty, but not very,” on a charge like that. It was either straight acquittal or nothing. ” (Peggy).
Tom was found guilty on the sole account of him being black. As a result of this conviction, Tom gave up hope and lost all reason to live. “Tactics leaned against the refrigerator, pushed up his glasses, and rubbed his eyes. We had such a good chance,’ he said. ‘l told him what I thought, but I couldn’t in truth say that we had more than a good chance. I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own. ‘” (Peggy). Tom couldn’t live with being found guilty of a crime he was innocent of solely based on the fact that he was black, so he decided to rye escaping, ultimately resulting in his death.
That is one of the greatest injustices shown in To Kill a Mockingbird. Prejudice, a main theme of To Kill a Mockingbird, is another representation of injustice in the novel. Racism is the most obvious type of prejudice, and this is shown through the trial and the outcome of it. “Well, coming out of the court-house that night Miss Gates was – she was going’ down the steps in front of us, you musts not seen her – she was talking to Miss Stephanie Crawford. I heard her say that it’s time embody taught ‘me a lesson, they were getting way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us.
Gem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home – ? ” (Scout, Peggy). In the sass’s, being racist was seen as normal. Tactics, for example, was seen as unusual because he thought that whites weren’t above blacks. “cry about the simple hell people give other people – without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people too. ‘” (Dollops Raymond, Peggy). The prejudice of racism is shown throughout the book, and because of Tactics’ views, Scout begins to see it as unfair and unjust.
Another type of prejudice that is briefly touched upon is that of sexual discrimination. “For one thing, Miss Maude can’t serve on a Jury because she’s a woman. ‘ ‘You mean women in Alabama can’t – ? ‘ I was indignant. ” (Tactics and Scout, Peggy). Like racism, sexual discrimination is seen as common practice. The third type of prejudice is the most basic kind, the kind where one has formed an opinion of something or someone before knowing all the facts, such as what appended with Arthur ‘Boo’ Raddled. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom.
People said he existed but Gem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night and when the moon was high, and peeped in windows. ” (pig). Gem and Scout had a preconceived idea of what Arthur was like because of what they had heard from other people, but they had never themselves met, or even seen him. The way in which he was seen was unjust; most people would not have accepted him because of their preconceptions. In the end, however, Scout and Gem realism what kind of person Arthur really is. “Tactics was right.
One time he said you never really know a man porch was enough. ” (Peggy). Whether or not Arthur getting away with killing Bob Lowell is Justice or not is a debatable one. On one hand, Boo was protecting the children, so it was a right deed. “l never heard tell that’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did,… ” (Heck Tate, pig 304). Arthur is also a solitary creature, so if the fact that he killed Bob Lowell came into light, he would be in the limelight.
To my way of thinking’, Mr. Finch, taking the one man [Arthur] who’s done you and this town a great service an’ dragging him with his shy ways into the limelight- to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it on my head. If it were any other man it’d be different. But not this man, Mr. Finch. ‘” (Heck Tate, pig 304). Even Scout seems to understand Heck Taste’s arguments. ‘”Well, it’d be sort of like shooting’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it? ‘” (Scout, Peggy). On the other hand, Boo did kill a man, and according to the law he committed murder, even if it was in elf-defense. … It’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. ” (Heck Tate, Peggy). In either case, the murder of Bob Lowell, and Arthur Raddled being let off for it, is an example of Justice, whether it is for the good of Justice, or for injustice’s sake. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Tactics, Tom Robinson, his trial and subsequent death, the treatment of Arthur Raddled and Bob Else’s death, and the prejudice of people, whether it be racial, sexual, or a misconception show the issues of Justice, injustice, and how they are represented throughout the novel.