An Essay On Justice In the secret courts of men’s hearts Justice is a beast with no appearance. It morphs to serve a different cause, and it bites a different person each time. In the cases of Tom Robinson, Bob Lowell, and Arthur Raddled in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Justice is applied differently each time. Tom Robinson doesn’t meet an equitable end, with a death sentence over his head from the start. Justice isn’t in his favor in the stained prejudiced eyes and hearts of the people of Macomb County.
Bob Lowell tries to manipulate Justice his own way, since he doesn’t believe that the justice he wanted was truly met. Even after Tom Robinsons conviction, he still sets out after the people who degraded him. Arthur Raddled is discriminated against by everyone in the county of Macomb through malicious rumors and alienation. Arthur also seeks to put his own twist on vengeance, especially in the case of Bob Lowell, where he gave him the Justice he deserved. Yet took no recognition. Justice and how it ties in with prejudice is the most evident theme in many different aspects in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”.
In the cases of Tom Robinson, Bob Lowell, and Arthur Raddled, moral rightness is received, and Justice is served in it’s own sense for each character in the end. The way the court adjudicates Tom Robinson in “To Kill A Mockingbird” is wrong and unjustifiable. Everyone in Macomb prejudices him at first, then he is wrongly sentenced, and lastly he decides to take his own chances and dies. But in the end, justice is served for Tom, only posthumously. Firstly, Tom Robinson was met with extreme prejudice by the people of Macomb, and they suddenly assumed he was guilty. Until my father explained it to me later, I did not understand the subtlety of Tom’s predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run-a sure sign of guilt. ” (Lee, 260) In the prejudiced society of Macomb County, Tom Robinson is a dead man from the moment he was accused. The town suddenly assumes that he’s guilty because of his race and social class. He doesn’t have a Justifiable case in court, since from the start; a conviction so serious against a black man would go into the favor of the white man.
Secondly, Tom Robinson doesn’t receive proper Justice wrought the law when he is wrongly sentenced for a crime he did not commit. “Tactics had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Tactics had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Males Lowell opened her mouth and screamed. ” (Lee, 323) Judge Taylor appoints Tactics specifically for the case, because he’s the only lawyer who could do the best with a case where the sentence is already presumably set in stone. Tactics took the case because he wanted to shed light on Tom being wrongfully convicted.
Thirdly, Tom wanted to change the course of his fate. L guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own” (Lee, 315) Tom felt the injustice of being To Kill A Mockingbird: Justice By Valerian inside that he should not be held guilty for a crime he didn’t commit. Instead of having the death sentence over his head, and waiting for a supreme court to rule out his sentence, he decided to take his fate into his own hand. He believed that a final action would be to escape from prison. He did Just that, and got shot down seventeen times.
Tom met an unjustifiable end. Bob Lowell targets an innocent black man to excuse himself from being degraded and taken into court. He wrongfully accuses Tom Robinson of Males Else’s damaged state, he goes after the man who wronged him, and he meets his Justifiable end. Bob Lowell accuses an innocent black man to cover up his own guilt. “He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. ‘?l seen that black Niger [sic] yonder rutting’ on my Males! ‘” (Lee, 231) Bob Lowell accuses Tom Robinson of rape, which he did not commit, to cover up his own faults.
He targets a martyr because he knows that the court will make a verdict in his favor. But really, it was Mr.. Lowell who abused Males in the first place, because he was shamed she was getting involved with a black man. He didn’t want their family to be looked down upon as white trash [SIC], when ironically; bringing Tom Robinson into court degraded his family further. Secondly, Bob Lowell goes after the people that defamed him in court. “Somehow I could think of nothing but Mr.. Bob Lowell saying he’d get Tactics if it took him the rest of his life.
Mr.. Lowell almost got him, and it was the last thing he did. ” (Lee, 358) In this case, Bob Lowell was ready to do whatever it took to get Tactics, because he degraded him in court by uncloaking the truth of his family. Tactics brought light to the case, and got the facts straight. Thirdly, Bob Lowell meets his end. “Bob Else’s lying’ on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs. He’s dead, Mr.. Finch” (Lee, 357) Bob Lowell targeted the people that wronged him for some time, especially the Finch family.
One night when Gem and Scout were coming home, he attacked them. But then Arthur Raddled came to the children’s rescue and ended Bob Lowell. So with that, Bob Lowell meets his end, and Justice is served. Justice is not in favor of Tom Robinson, because it’s the sass’s in Alabama. Yet Justice was finally served to him posthumously when Bob Lowell was killed. “Let the dead Bury the dead” As said by officer Tate. Arthur (“BOO’) Raddled is alienated, because of the no contact he has with the tightly knit town of Macomb.
He is prejudiced by the town of Macomb for the tomfoolery he committed when he was young, malicious rumors and tales are conjured about him when he takes residence in the house, and is finally perceived and understood rightfully by Scout in the end. Firstly, Arthur Raddled was notorious in Macomb for his involvement in a gang in the early days. So the boys came in front of the probate judge on charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault, and battery, and using abusive and profane language in the presence and hearing of a female. (Lee, 12) When Boo was young, he got involved in “the closest thing Macomb has ever seen to a gang with the Cunningham boys. No one had the nerve to tell Mr.. Raddled his boy was about to no good. When he found out, he shut him up in their house forever and the rumors have been spurring ever since. Secondly, The people of Macomb including Gem and Scout whisper rumors under their breath about Boo. 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 when the moon was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crimes committed in Macomb were his work. ” (Lee, 10) The people of Macomb and the Finch children spread rumors and tales about Arthur Raddled because they had no contact with him. Without even knowing his true nature, they make a malevolent monster out of his mysterious presence inside the Raddled house in Macomb. Lastly, Scout is shown the true nature of Arthur Raddled, and learns to not Judge beforehand. Never heard that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you’ll say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. Know what’d happen then? All the ladies in Macomb including’ my wife’s be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinking’, Mr.. Finch, taking the one man 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. ” (Lee, 369-370) When Arthur Raddled finishes Bob Lowell and saves Gem and Scout, he real side of Arthur Raddled is unveiled.
He is truly an innocent and kind man, and doesn’t deserve the infamy he gets. Scout finally learns her big lesson of stepping into one’s shoes, and when she’s on the Raddled porch she saw everything from Boob’s eyes, and finally empathetic with him as a human being. Justice is served for Arthur Raddled since he’s finally considered as ” a real nice person” instead of the monster that was conceived by the prejudice of the people of Macomb. In conclusion, “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a novel primarily set about racial inequality and how it affects Justice.
Tom is wrongly convicted of a crime he did commit, and he didn’t want to take white man’s chances and he ended up risking his own life. Bob Lowell puts a man’s life on the line when he accuses Tom Robinson to cover up his own faults. He seeks out revenge against everyone who degraded him, and in turn feels his final breath. Arthur Raddled is treated with prejudice and injustice in Macomb. He turns out to be an innocent man who helps put the pawn of Justice on the chessboard when he ends Bob Lowell. So Justice is finally served in different senses for Tom Robinson, Bob Lowell, and Arthur Raddled in the end.