Injustice in to Kill a Mockingbird

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Injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird “Jus•tice (jûstîce) n. 1. The principle of moral rightness; equity. 2. The upholding of what is just, esp. fair treatment and due reward in accordance to honor, standards, or law; fairness.” (“Justice” def. 1A 2) What is justice? The definition above gives it clearly enough, but what of injustice? That can be merely defined as a lack of justice. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a fair amount of injustice to the story, be it meager or large. The first act of injustice, so to say, is when Scout’s 1st grade teacher, Ms. Caroline, requests Scout to stop learning from her father, when she learns that Scout is literate, which is not the child’s fault with it being only natural. As the plot progresses through part one, there are minor occurrences of injustice here and there. It is not until Tom Robinson’s trial, the focal point of the novel, that more forms of higher injustice become present. The most obvious would be the conviction of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of rape. He was also a cripple, his left arm useless, the result of an accident in his childhood when his arm got caught in Dolphus Raymond’s cotton gin, according to Reverend Skyes. Mayella Ewell, the supposed rape victim, was beaten about the face, most focused upon the right side of the face as pointed out by Atticus, indicating a left handed assailant. Such a feat would prove to be impossible in his condition. Atticus also points out with a demonstration that Robert E. Lee Ewell, Mayella’s father, was left handed by having him write out his name. Mr. Ewell was quite known as the town drunk. As the trial goes on, it soon becomes evident that Tom is innocent. Mayella sustained her beating from her father, who caught her kissing Tom and trying to tempt him. He then ordered her to blame Tom. It seems almost impossible that Tom could be deemed

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