What Is Social Justice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Analytical Paper
"Atticus, you must be wrong..." "How's that?" "Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong…" This is a conversation between Atticus and Scout when they are talking about Tom Robinson's case in Chapter 11. Atticus says he cannot go to church and worship God if he doesn't try to help Tom. However, Scout thinks Atticus is wrong to think in this way due to justice in Maycomb. Justice is the act of determining right or wrong and it's the administration of laws. Society follows the laws, which try to eliminate unfairness and avoid killing the innocent. Therefore, justice should exist without any hatred, prejudice, or discrimination; however, those who seek for justice don't always succeed. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee makes a point about the existence of social justice; the specific point she is making is that there is no perfect justice and the court is only just as the society where it's located. In Maycomb, the unfair treatment that different characters face is expressed. Here is one example that clearly shows the unfair treatment that comes to Tom Robinson. "She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it." (Chapter 20) This is describing Mayella Ewell that she knew that Tom Robinson didn't really rape
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It is justified by the unfair treatment that individuals face and the resentment and prejudice carried into the court by people. The actions that people from the right side make also reinforce the idea of imperfect justice. The author Harper Lee mainly uses characters Tom Robinson, Bob Ewell and Atticus to show this specific idea. In our real life, it also tends to show this point everywhere. As long as the diversity of human exists, justice will always be defined in various ways so that we will never find true perfect
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