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To Kill a Mockingbird - Injustice

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To Kill a Mockingbird Justice One of the themes in ' To Kill a Mockingbird' is injustice. I am going to show how other characters apart from Tom Robinson are affected by injustice. Two of the characters affected in this way are Boo Radley and Mayella Ewell. Boo got into the wrong group of friends and one night they stole a car and locked Mr. Conner in the courthouse out house. The judge decided to send them to a state industrial school but Mr. Radley thought this was a disgrace. He promised the judge that Boo would cause no further trouble and he would take care of it. The judge trusting Mr. Radley agreed and let him punish his son. ...read more.


In both cases the fathers control them. People make unfair gossip about Boo e.g. 'Miss Stephanie claims that she once woke up to see Boo at her window'. This cannot be proven the writer uses 'claims' to show that it has not been verified. The children have come up with there own image of Boo from the gossip they have heard. Jem says ' he is six and a half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch...' This speculation has come from no where. Miss Maudie however, in chapter 5, sticks up for Boo telling them not believe everything they heard. Says the legends about Boo are ' three fourths coloured folk and one fourth Stephanie Crawford' and that she knew Arthur as a boy: ' He always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks said he did.' ...read more.


The geranium's is an example of this, she tries hard to look after herself and keep things tidy but her family holds her back. Atticus proves that Tom Robinson was not the person who beat her up but it was her father. She is too scared to speak out she is stuck and she can't see any way out. In Chapter 22 Bob Ewell spits on Atticus, another indication that there family are uncivilised. The dictionary definition of injustice is: the condition or practice of being unjust or unfair. The way Boo and Mayella are treated is unfair but Mayella should not have had the power to allow Tom Robinson to be a victim of such a huge injustice. Links to perceptions of guilt and innocence. Mayella treats others badly because she knows no different. Neither does Boo but he still manages not to e.g. saving the children's lives. Chris Dilley ...read more.

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