Justice and Injustices in to Kill a Mockingbird

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” helped voice Harper Lee’s opinions of injustices in America. Throughout the text the following characters suffered prejudice: Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson symbolises the millions of black people who were convicted unfairly of crimes they didn’t commit. Scout experiences many injustices because she is so young and just a child. Miss Caroline unfairly punishes her when she tells Scout she’s not allowed to be taught to read anymore. Scout proceeds to tell Miss Caroline that Atticus hasn't taught her to read ever. Scout wants to be able to read and write without being told that she can’t. Scout’s point of view isn’t often believed or even allowed to be told. When Atticus, Jem and Scout go to the family plantation for Christmas, she gets in trouble for beating up her cousin. Scout’s cousin calls Atticus a "Nigger Lover” so Scout hits him. Scout’s uncle comes outside and yells at her without listening to what she had to say. The injustice is Scout not being able to tell her side of the story. As the famous saying says “Assumed guilty until proven innocent”, this is the case for Boo Radley. Nobody really knew Boo but everyone judged him and said bad stuff about him just because he was different. Mr. Ewell tries to kill Scout and Jem near the end of the book. He breaks Jem’s arm but then Boo Killed Mr. Ewell and saved Scout and Jem’s life. "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough"(pg279.) The injustice was Boo being judged without even being known. Atticus Finch is the symbol of justice. He is an anti-racist. He defends Tom Robinson (a black man) from a crime in a time of great racism. Atticus receives injustice when the guys from the country come to the jail and are there to

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