• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

One Justice in To Kill A Mockingbird

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

One Justice in To Kill A Mockingbird Everyone has their own ideas of what is just and moral. Everyone's idea of unfairness is established as a child, denied candy or a late curfew. As our perceptions grow more sophisticated, one question cannot be avioded: What is justice? In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, many themes of justice are explored. Each child in the story comes to a different conclusion concerning the importance of justice. Their opinions are crafted in the waring sides of fairness and prejudice that divide the town of Maycomb, Alabama. The first differing philopsy in Maycomb is that of fairness and law over prejudice and money. This view of justice is held by many influential powers, including characters that are central to the development of Jem, Dill, and Scout. These characters include Atticus Finch, Miss Maudie, Heck Tate, Dolphus Raymond and even to an extent Mr Underwood, who "despises negroes" (Lee, 156) ...read more.

Middle

The three main protagonists in the story, Jem, Dill and Scout are all children. All three face these two conflicting models and each connects to a certain shade of gray within the side of "law and order". All three children eventually reach the conclusion that the people of Maycomb are not "the best folks in the world" (Lee, 215) as they had once believed. To the contrary, their friends and neighbors harbor deep imperfections which they discover "like somethin' asleep wrapped up in a warm place" (Lee, 215). To clearly illustrate each child's own discoveries and prospects on the idea of justice, each must be compared to another adult character in the novel. The greatest influence on young Jem Finch is Atticus, a man whose faith in the court system is paramount to his beliefs. Jem aspires to be a lawyer, but is not resigned to the idea that biased juries are acceptable. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Scout agrees with Heck Tate at the end of the novel and claims that forcing Arthur Radley to testify would be like "sort of like shootin' a mocking bird" (Lee, 276), she makes an important designation between herself and her father. Heck Tate takes into account the circumstances of the events and fundamentally lies to protect Arthur. Scout sees this as acceptable, while Atticus is uneasy with the idea, claiming "nobody's hushing this up. I don't live that way" (Lee, 273). Scout's ability as a child to take into account circumstance in her perception of justice makes her reasoning much more sophisticated then that of the court system. In conclusion, it's clear that all three children in To Kill A Mockingbird harbor their own individual perceptions of what "justice" really is, shaped by the many influential adults in their lives. Among many themes, To Kill A Mockingbird offers a microcosm of the ideals of justice in a multi-faceted society that influences all our perceptions, especially in childhood. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. How effectively does Harper Lee convey her ideas about prejudice in her novel To ...

    out about the family history, and because everyone in Maycomb County is grouped into a category. People decided to take the responsibility of adding details to Boo Radley to their knowledge of him (bad teenage childhood and apparently that he stabbed his Fathers' leg with a pair of scissors).

  2. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    In both cases, the maintaining of life (Mr. Ewell's children or Miss Maudie's flowers) is more important than observing the strictest codes. Miss Maudie also believes in the importance of pleasure and the enjoyment of life. Chapter 6 Summary It is Dill's last night in Maycomb for the summer.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Imagery and Symbolism

    Question 4 What is your opinion of Atticus Finch? What roles does he play in the novel and do you think he fulfils them successfully? Remember to support your points with quotations and references to particular incidents. Throughout the novel he is portrayed as a good father. Although being a single parent, Atticus has an extremely busy schedule, including

  2. To kill a mocking bird - Chapter 14 Summary onwards.

    He says that it's easier for people to handle strangeness when they have a reason to explain it - thus he pretends to be a drunkard. He says he thinks that children like Dill haven't lost the instinct that

  1. To Kill A Mocking Bird : Harper Lee - A chapter analysis.

    After opening presents Scout and Francis wander outside again and shortly begin to fight. Francis calls Atticus a "nigger lover," driving Scout into a rage. Scout jumps on Francis but is quickly stopped by Uncle Jack who has no patience with Scout's fighting.

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird Notes - Characters, Themes & Quotes

    when Scout refers to Atticus in court, saying "he'd gone frog-sticking without a light" She's trying to say Atticus is someone who tackles a task without the proper equipment. (Chapter 17) * TKAMB is a very carefully structured novel whose pace and tempo changes gradually throught the book.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird

    From her sentence, we can immediately see how she has no respect to Calpurnia and even how she thinks she is from a higher class so she should not show any equality towards her. This negative attitude towards a black woman considered by a member of the Finch family gives

  2. How are Prejudice and Hypocrisy explored in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? Notes ...

    However, for Helen Robinson, his family and the Black Community, its like a life sentence. * ?To Maycomb, Tom?s death was typical. Typical for a nigger to cut and run. Typical of a nigger?s mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind as fast as he saw.? This is a very racist comment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work