To Kill a Mockingbird Comparison Essay

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Cases of Prejudice and Discrimination: Tom Robinson and the West Memphis Three In the court of law, prejudice and discrimination often influence a jury and in turn result in the conviction of innocent or wrongly accused people. Prejudice and discrimination often affect those who are looked down upon or marginalized in society. The case of the West Memphis Three saw a young man sentenced to death row and two others to life in prison for the murder of three young boys. These young men had troubled pasts and were rumoured to be Satanists, they were inexplicably made lead suspects in one of the most poorly conducted homicide cases in American history. Similarly in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson is convicted and sentenced to death for the rape of a white woman without any substantial evidence. The only reason he is convicted is because he is a black man fighting against a white man in a court with a prejudiced jury. The theme of prejudice and discrimination is evident in both of these cases because the defendants were charged and convicted merely because they were deemed to be “different” by their close minded societies, questionable evidence from prejudiced sources was used during their trials and because the accusers knew that all those charged could easily be used as scapegoats. The defendants in both of the cases were chosen as suspects because they were deemed to be different by their close minded societies. In the case of the West Memphis Three, the prime suspect in the murder of the young boys, Damian Echols stated, “I wore black and was rumoured to worship Satan, and I was the perfect target when the police ran out of leads” (A Most Heinous Crime Fiona Steel.2003 <>). By standing out for dressing different from the norm Damian and the other suspects were often
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