To Kill a Mockingbird Justice

1545 WordsMay 13, 20137 Pages
>Atticus Finch Quote 1 "Atticus, you must be wrong...." "How's that?" "Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong...." (11.54-56) If there's one thing that we learned from jeggings, Uggs, and chain wallets, it's that the majority isn't always right. But Atticus doesn't need anyone to teach him those lessons. He already knows that individual conscience is a better guide to justice than majority opinion. The theme of justice plays a major role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Ideally, justice would be blind to race, gender or other differences yet, as shown in To Kill a Mockingbird, it isn't and for the most part, justice is not served. Many innocent characters, or mockingbirds, are subject to the injustice of the prejudice…show more content…
When Uncle Finch hits Scout without even hearing her side of the story he passes judgment without seeking the truth. The book shows use that in both small and large incidents alike one should attempt to see both sides of the story before judging. The difference between justice and the truth is that justice is affected and changed based on the prejudice of society while truth is the unbiased, untainted facts about what actually happened. Judgment is the result of the justice system and the punishment should reflect the crime. When the justice and truth are aligned then the judgment will be acceptable however if the justice and truth differ then the final verdict can be erroneous and harm the innocent. All throughout To Kill a Mockingbird characters such as Tom Robinson suffer at the hands of evil men such as Bob Ewell. The abundance of racism in the Southern United States help convict an innocent man based entirely on the colour of his skin. When justice hasn't been served and the truth is ignored then the innocent "mockingbirds" of the world suffer as a consequence. "Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but the secret courts of the men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed. "(CH. 25
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