The Theme Of Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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First, desire against propriety. Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird describes Mayella Ewell’s infraction upon society in her attempt to seduce the black man, Tom Robinson: “She full well knew the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it” (Lee 272). Here, Mayella throws the traditional values and morals of her society out the window. In pining after Tom, once again, a black man, Mayella utterly disregards the unspoken commandments of being a white lady in Maycomb, Alabama. These impulses triumph over her sense of wrong and right, thrusting her town into a whirlwind of drama, trauma and self preservation bringing degradation to another race. Mirror images of black discrimination in the 1900s are all too well known among history. Take Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus dilemma, for example. The privileged group in this instance- white citizens- would not even let black citizens keep their seats on the bus if they needed a seat themselves. It is so painfully obvious here how power and privilege is abused in a way that some humans are treated as unequal in comparison to others for the most arbitrary of reasons. True, sad, and so far inevitable, humanity has undermined the morals and values that make them different from other living things and rather embracing what makes us the same: natural
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