Just Mercy was written in 2014, In modern day society, racial injustice has a big impact in this world today, as stated in Just Mercy and To Kill a Mockingbird. Showing that they are both related in many ways. The characters from To Kill A Mockingbird deal with racial injustice first hand. Scout, the narrator and daughter of Atticus Finch, experienced racial injustice of her father’s court case with Tom Robinson, an African American. Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores.
Therefore, when Atticus is appointed to defend a African American man, named Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white woman, it is a big deal. The kids learn alot about racial, injustice, and lying during the court case. Harper Lee conveys the theme that people lie mostly to avoid criticism by putting various characters in difficult situations.
After lying to Jim and getting caught, Huck thinks on his actions. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither” (86). Huck knows that his actions are wrong but struggles to apologize to Jim because he is conditioned to believe that Jim has no real value. Huck tries to break free from the influence of society and in doing so, he realizes that his actions are not morally acceptable. With no interference from society, Huck is therefore able to humble himself to Jim and treat him in a way that opposes society’s expectations.
Lynch mobs led by racist towns members gather at the jail with the motive to kill Robinson, although the mob ends up breaking up due to Scout’s comments. The towns racism then skews the verdict of the trial and Robinson is found guilty of the crime. Later, Robinson is killed when he tries to escape from jail. Jem and Scout are also attacked by Bob Ewell, a prominent racist, because of their father’s attempt at defending
More goes through a crisis of the conscience. Everyone wants More to take the oath but he feels he cannot do it to his conscience. One can define an absurd hero as someone who knows the fatal outcome of a situation but still tries to make it work or save something or someone. This type of hero, no matter how much or how hard he tries, will still fail (Shobeiri et al. 2011: 101).
Tom Robinson’s case is a massive part of the story, Tom Robinson a black man living in a heavily white biased Maycomb County, is charged with allegedly raping Mayella Ewell. Being a lawyer Atticus was taught to, fight for people and to bring justice to the town and to make sure that the right person was convicted. However this proves to be a difficult case for Atticus and he is unsure whether to even take it on at first. He is fully aware that the town which he calls home is mainly populated with whites and at that time a black man’s word meant nothing compared to a white man’s word. “It couldn’t be worse, Jack.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
At first, Jem did not understand why his father chose to defend Tom Robinson when he knew that people would whisper and gossip about it and that the possibility of him winning the case was very low. Later on, after he saw his father bravely defending Tom Robinson, he learnt that an example of someone with moral courage was his father, who understood that just because one was “licked a hundred years before [they] started is no reason for [them] not to try
Atticus Finch-A white folk, father of Jem and Scout, raising two children on his own due to the loss of their mother is known to his family and the town of Maycomb County, an inheritably racist county as a niger-lover is taking the role of being Tom Robinson- a black male being accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a nineteen year old white female. She states-Tom Robinson broke into her house and took utmost advantage of her; raped her. This leads to a trial in which Atticus acts as Tom’s lawyer and defends his client from what he has been accused of; rape. Atticus becomes very assiduous in order to prove his client innocent, despite the fact that Atticus is told no black human has proven right over a white human. Throughout the novel, Atticus exudes traits of wisdom, equality, and loyalty reveals the moral theme-respect develops loyalty which makes him a true hero and memorable character in the story as well as a memorable one.
Many people would agree that a hero is not necessarily someone who saves lives, but someone who is courageous enough to help people in need no matter what their situation is. In the literary work, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the reader is introduced to a character named Atticus, a lawyer and a father of two children. Throughout the novel, Atticus teaches his kids, Jem and Scout, life lessons through his heroic actions. Despite living in Alabama during a racist time period, Atticus decides to full take on the task of defending a black man in court against a white woman. Atticus displays heroism and courage before, during and after the Tom Robinson trial in order to set an example for his children and the town of Maycomb.