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Justice as a theme in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the films "Murder on a Sunday Morning" and "I am Sam".

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Justice and the Individual Essay ?Justice will always be an issue for individuals and society as a whole.? Discuss in relation to prescribed text TKMB and 2 other related texts. 1 must be your own. For individuals and society as a whole, justice will always be an issue. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird the author Harper Lee has addressed the issue of racial prejudice and social injustice in a community. The author presents a role model for moral and legal justice in the character of Atticus Finch, both an honourable man and lawyer, who tries to create justice for all. The issue of social injustice and prejudice are also explored in the documentary, Murder on a Sunday Morning directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestade and the film I am Sam directed by Jessie Nelson. Both texts convey the idea that certain individuals are victims of intolerable injustices in society because of their race or mental capacity. Harper Lee uses a range of techniques to allow the reader to see that justice will always be an issue for individuals and society as a whole. ...read more.

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Miss Gates, Scout?s teacher is ironically oblivious to the fact that Maycomb treats its African-American residents similar to the Jews in Germany. She is assured that in Maycomb they ?don?t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced.? This statement is ironically contrasted to her reaction of Tom Robinson?s trial, ?time somebody taught them a lesson.? This illustrates just how ignorant the people of Maycomb are to their prejudice ways, and how this injustice affects the individuals in their society. In the documentary Murder on a Sunday Morning the idea that justice will always be an issue for individuals and society as a whole, is further explored. Throughout the documentary de Lestade allows his subjects to do all the talking for themselves, occasionally allowing main participants in the case, such as the defense attorney Patrick McGuinness to talk directly to the camera. From early on in the documentary McGuinness comes off as a charismatic, honourable man and lawyer. He tells the audience of his initial reaction to the news story of Brenton Butler, ?As I learned more, I became increasingly angry,? conveying to the audience both his view on the incident and the moral values that he holds; making use of his anger and values to defend Brenton Butler to prevent a travesty of justice from taking place. ...read more.

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The attitudes of the court officials as well as Sam?s own lawyer continue to portray the issue of justice to the individual, and the harsh assumptions of the community on Sam because of his illness, ?you think what they think...you think Sam can?t take care of Lucy!? The bitter music in the film as Sam goes through the process of his court hearings further illustrate the bitter, non-caring stance that the court holds against this man because of his illness, and their firm belief that because he is mentally ill he hasn?t got the capacity to nurture and take care of his own daughter. This attitude of discrimination inflicted on certain individuals is closely linked to that in To Kill a Mockingbird and the assumptions made about Boo Radley by society. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as the related texts Murder on a Sunday Morning and I am Sam, each composer has used their unique styles of writing and filming to confirm the statement that justice will always be an issue for individuals and society as a whole. Illustrated through issues of racial prejudice and discrimination of the mentally ill all composers have made it clear that justice has always been an issue in society and for certain individuals, and will continue to be unless changed. ...read more.

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