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Theme Of Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, injustice is a recurring theme. Injustice is a lack of fairness, or even unfair judgement. The theme itself has different forms as well; legal injustice, social injustice, and injustice of inequality are a few. The theme of injustice is so popular in the book for two reasons. It is an underlying theme in the story that the author attempts to teach the reader, and it is also a topic that was part of everyday life in the time period in which the book is set. This is the reason why this book was written in such a specific time period, when unfairness and judgement were ordinary and more acceptable than they are today. Injustice is rampant throughout the book, and takes the form of the social injustice in the school, the social injustice in the town, and the legal injustice in the trial of Tom Robinson. The first time that social injustice is seen in the book is when the reader gets a view into how the school of Maycomb County operates. Various distinct examples of this social injustice in the school can be found throughout the book. One example is when Scout’s teacher purposefully held her back in school. Atticus and Calpurnia taught Scout how to read and write, but the school made her learn at the same pace as the rest of the class instead of encouraging further learning. Another example is when the students judged Walter Cunningham and Burris Ewell unfairly based on their last names or family traits. “You’re shamin’ him, Miss Caroline.
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