unjustness in "to kill a mockingbird"

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Throughout chapters eleven and twelve, unjustness is represented by the people of Maycomb in many cases. One case is in the cartoon published in the Montgomery Advertiser titled “Maycomb’s Finch”, showing “Atticus barefooted and in short pants, chained to a desk: he was diligently writing on a slate while some frivolous-looking girls yelled, “Yoo-hoo!” at him” (Lee 116). Stripping of any type of clothing is usually symbolic of shame, which is what Atticus’ bare feet and legs in the cartoon are used to portray. His diligent writing is made to seem like a pointless effort by the girls who appear to be mocking him. The Montgomery Advertiser is also trying to mock how Atticus is toiling away to represent a defendant, Tom Robinson, who has little to no hope in being freed from the accusations of rape made on him. This is not only an extremely rude gesture, but it is also a sign of prejudice, because they are basing their inferences of the future of the case simply on the fact that Tom Robinson is a Negro, and Negroes are always “the bad guys.” Another case where unjustness is shown is when Lula is spiteful towards Calpurnia for bringing Scout and Jem along to the Negro church. Lula says, “‘I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillun to nigger church’” (Lee 119). Prejudice does not occur only when a white person looks down upon a black person; it happens vice versa as well. Black people may not be allowed to attend the same churches as white people, but that does not mean white people prohibited from black people’s churches simply cancels out the act of prejudice. Moreover, Scout and Jem’s father is working devotedly on a case for a man of the same church as Lula, so showing the children a bit of respect is the least she could have done for them. Instead, she goes as far as to protest against their coming, and she makes it clear that her grudge lies in that they are
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