Inequality In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Everyone has a different perspective of the world. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, uses a unique perspective to understand more about discrimination. Scout and Jem are two siblings raised to be tolerant towards all people. Their father Atticus taught them to seek all the goodness in people. However, that all changed when the siblings, especially Jem, found inequality that plagued the whole community. Decades of intolerance caused the skewed perceptions of people, based simply on their skin color. While Scout was logical regarding the reality of the verdict, Jem had a coming-of-age moment when he realized the injustice of society. Using literary elements such as point of view, epigraph, and symbolism, Harper Lee connects the theme of societal inequality versus the goodness of men through a child’s eyes.

To Kill a Mockingbird
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Every American has the same constitutional right. The American dream is the justice that we strive for in America. Atticus debates the quote, saying that some people are smarter or born into more opportunities. In the context of his defendant, an African-American, equal rights is forgotten and instead overcome with the bias towards black people. However, in a courtroom, no matter the background, intelligence, wealth, or skin color, all men are equal in the face of liberty.

In the trial, Tom Robinson is used as a symbol for the mockingbird. The mockingbird is previously explained as innocent. Atticus was saying that you can kill the blue jays because they cause a ruckus. However, you cannot harm the mockingbirds because all they do is sing their songs; they don’t harm anybody. The innocent mockingbird, Tom Robinson was killed by the hysteria caused by decades of racial divide and tension in the United