Comparing To Kill A Mockingbird, And Elie Wiesel's Night
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“All men are created equal” (Lee 274) cited by Thomas Jefferson, in the infamous 1776 Declaration of Independence. Throughout this paper, I will present facts that counter this claim excluding African Americans and Jews during the 1930’s and 40’s. This assignment requires me to compare and contrast, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Elie Wiesel “Night” by selecting three universal themes. My themes are racism, inequality in the judicial system and educational barriers has interfered with everyone being afforded “due process” in their pursuit to attain life, liberty, and prosperity (the basic liberties) protected by the 14th Amendment.
Racism - Webster dictionary defines racism, as believing that one's own race is superior over another. There are several examples of racism illustrated in the fictional novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The most prominent examples of racism were demonstrated by the citizens of Maycomb County constant threats and other forms of intimidation towards the Finch family. Thereby, the result of Mr. Atticus Finch (an attorney) decision to represent Mr. Tom Robinson (an African American) during the trial. Secondly, in Alabama segregation existed between African Americans and Whites. Unfortunately, Mr. Robinson’s jury consisted of 12 white men, prohibiting women and minorities. This all-white jury personal, racial biases prevented Mr. Robinson from receiving a fair or impartial trial during that time period. My last example of racism is illustrated