To Kill a Mocking Bird, Higher Learning Related Text

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To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee and Higher Learning, composed by John Singleton, both portray similar issues of justice and injustice through literary and film techniques and display comparable attitudes, ideologies and beliefs in which the characters perceive justice. Both texts, set in the mid twentieth century, occurred in a time where society differentiated from each other, in particular prejudice between races was a major contributor to the division of society. Racial Prejudice affected the connection in which communities where dependent upon, and resulted in disarray throughout. Depicted in both texts are characters that fight for justice, fight for injustice or turn a blind eye on justice. In To Kill a Mockingbird, characters responses towards racial prejudice differ across the community. Atticus Finch the white protagonist of the text, is one who fights for race unity, similarly in Higher Learning, Phipps the Negro professor is also one who takes a stand to establish justice. Through Harper Lee’s use of anaphora, an emphasis is put on Atticus’ quote: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." This quote is referring to seeing things from someone else’s perspective, usually needed when disputes are present. This putting yourself in someone else’s shoes allows you to be more understanding of the person’s actions, and allows you to compromise, exactly what justice is deficient of. Through the use of low key lighting and Singleton’s character decisions, Professor Phipps is a mirror to the just character of Atticus. Being black himself he is a victim of discrimination, but when given the opportunity to potentially treat others the way he is treated he does not. Throughout the film Phipps pushes for racial unity, this push is present in the way he
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