The Importance Of Inequality, And The Way We View Others

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When writing the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson said, “...all men are created equal…”. When he wrote this, he was not referring to the African American population, but rather that all free, property owning males are created equal. Why would Jefferson state that all men are to be equal, when at the time all men were not created equal? This is only one example of the many times throughout history where people showed a lack of fairness or justice. Such is the case in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. In this iconic novel, Lee symbolizes the importance of inequality, and the way we view others. The book takes place in Maycomb County, a sleepy town in southern Alabama during the 1930s when poverty and unemployment were widespread due to the…show more content…
Ewell. During Atticus ' cross examination, however, Bob complied with the request to write his name, which he did with his left hand.Tom Robinson however, states that he came inside the Ewell 's house at Mayella 's request, and she suddenly kissed him and grabbed him around the waist while he stood on a chair. He immediately ran from the house out of fear, and as he did, Bob Ewell appeared at the window, and began to yell at Mayella. He also tells the jury that he would often help Mayella with small jobs out of empathy, but never intended to hurt her. As Scout watches the case she notices that “Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her” (257). The town of Maycomb assumes that all African Americans are essentially incapable of compassion, when they are the same internally as the white population in Maycomb. Despite all of the crude comments that Tom receives, he still has the common decency to treat everyone equally. Tom Robinson will always be a better man than people such as Bob Ewell, but the town of Maycomb doesn’t comprehend this simply because they only see a white man and a black man. Scout is not the only one who has come to this realization; Tom’s employer, Mr. Link Deas, also views Tom as an honorable, and kind person.During the trial, Mr Gilmer, the
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