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To Kill a Mockingbird Even after the thirteenth amendment passed in the constitution of the United States of America, discrimination was still an issue that required contending. The abolishment did very little but put a law to make it illegal to own slaves, but yet the hatred and prejudice still existed in society. This issue is reflected in the literature of the time such as the classical novel written by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mocking Bird. Overall in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird, the theme of discrimination is developed through the characters of Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, and lastly Arthur “Boo” Radley. One of the characters in the novel that was heavily discriminated by authority was Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of rape and was declared guilty with no evidence; of course in the eye of a fair, non biased human being such as Atticus Finch, and Tom’s long term employer Mr. Link Deas, he was only innocent. As many court systems use today these great men followed the saying “innocent until proven guilty”. The verdict to Tom’s case was guilty even though the “people” had no evidence that he had committed a crime of rape, if any crime at all! Yet the authority had spoken and Tom was affirmed “Guilty . . . guilty . . . guilty . . . guilty . . .” (Lee, 211). The question lay to the reader to wonder why Tom was treated with so much injustice which came down to his skin colour as he was considered a “Negro” (162, Lee), which meant he was nothing but guilty to society based on nothing but his skin colour! This concluded that society’s judicial system was determined with discrimination. Another way helpless Tom Robinson was discriminated by authority was by his word being worthless; instead his accuser, Mayella Ewell’s testimony was built around the whole case and not weighted evenly. Tom’s testimony seemed solid however Mayella’s testimony was very unsure. It

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