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How Does Lee Use Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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False Justice She ran up to me, arms flailing at her sides. Her face was streaked with tears. She tripped and tumbled as her six-years-old feet raced towards me. The little girl collapsed into my arms, her tears slowing down. She doesn’t need to be asked, for she tells me immediately: “They think Donald Trump will hurt me!” I glare at the sneering boys, then look down at her dark, pretty face. Discrimination is a terrible flaw in American society. Although those who are discriminated against are victims of bias, a small portion of people learn to see through the lies and acknowledge the wrong, as presented in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” Ms. Angelou tackles the issues explicitly, while Scout…show more content…
In the scene where Tom Robinson is convicted, Ms.Lee uses repetition. “Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty…” (240). Here, guilty is repeated consecutively to emphasize the shock of the verdict. The reader can understand Scout’s inability to absorb the events, as she had full faith in the evidence provided. From that point, Scout witnesses the remaining scene in a trancelike quality. “What happened after that had a dreamlike quality...Judge Taylor’s voice came from far away, and was tiny” (240). This further impacts the reader’s understanding of the scene and the importance of the verdict on the novel. Moving along, when reading about Scout, it can be easy to forget that she is still a child. Harper Lee manages to remind the reader through Scout’s childish ideas. “I toyed with the idea of asking everyone below to concentrate on setting Tom Robinson free...:” (239). Harper Lee utilizes repetition, as well as an insight into Scout’s mind, to stress the importance of the jury’s…show more content…
Harper Lee is careful with her word choice to create a heavy tone in the verdict scene: “...Mr.Jem, I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man” (238). The purpose of this dialogue between Reverend Sykes and Jem is to foreshadow the wrongful outcome. While Scout is waiting for the verdict, she thinks to herself “I had never seen a packed courtroom so still” (238). This line builds suspense within the scene. The reader can visualize a room full of people holding their breath. “A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted…none of them looked at Tom Robinson” (240). With this line, the reader knows that the jury has gone against rightful morals, convicting an innocent man. This line further insinuates the focal point of the scene: color can dictate your fate, even when you’ve done nothing unlawful. In “Still I Rise,” Ms.Angelou uses action verbs to set an upfront tone in the poem. “...shoot me with you words” (21). The strong connotation of the word “shoot” contrasts with “words” as words are not meant to be tangible weapons. Lines in the poem that reflect such a contrast as well are “...cut me with your eyes” (22) and “...kill me with your hatefulness” (23). These lines are essential to the overall poem, as they help the reader understand the extent of which Maya Angelou fights the status quo. Both authors have a different approach to set up the tone of a scene or poem:
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