When It Comes to the Individuals Actions, Society Is to Blame - to Kill a Mockingbird

793 Words4 Pages
Year 9 English Assessment Term 3 2011 The Individual and Society ‘When it comes to the individual’s actions, society is to blame.’ Society has a very significant impact on the individual, so much influence, in fact, that nearly all of a person’s actions can be blamed on the influence of society. The attitudes and beliefs of a society, and the influence they maintain on the individual can be seen through the themes of Loss of Innocence and Equality in the two texts: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Equality is a theme that is explored in both To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee focuses on the inequalities faced by the Negroes, as a result of their skin colour. This assumption that black people are lower in class than anyone else, is a direct result of the unfair views of society. These inequalities are displayed in a number of ways, most prominently through the wrongful accusation and, afterwards, the unjust trial of Tom Robinson. The rigid social structure of Southern society, as well as the racial prejudice of the 1930s, allowed Bob Ewell to accuse Tom of a crime he did not commit. The quote: “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case.” is Scout’s way of saying that society’s views led to the inability of the jury to look past the colour of Tom’s skin, to reach a fair sentence. In Lord of the Flies, lack of equality also directly leads to a few of the incidents on the island. Inequality is primarily shown through the division of the children into groups. There are the two groups that are intially formed, that is of the ‘biguns’ and the ‘littleuns’. The ‘littleuns’, as they are called, have no say in the making of the decisions from the beginning. Another example of the so-called
Open Document