Examples Of Unfairness In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The levelers of court have a sense of power that gives citizens a feeling of intimidation. Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, gives us the feeling of unfairness and how people are treated by the way they look. In court people are treated unfairly and not all men are created equal. Throughout time there have been cases where people were accused of crime because of how they look. In the 1930s the case with the Scottsboro Boys was a case some say was unfair. Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird, mistakenly asserts that in court all men are created equal. Our courts treat people unfairly based on the way some citizens look, giving us the societal perception that we should be aloud to treat those people unfair.

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee displays a source a source of unfairness in the Tom Robinson trial. All the evidence supporting
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Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird was put on the stand because she accused Tom Robinson of raping her. While in court Tom feels sorry for Mayella and no one liked what he had said because since it was a black man and a white woman, they were on the same social scale. Mr. Gilmer, a man against Tom states, “‘You felt sorry For her?’ Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling. The witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair. But the damage was done. Below us, nobody likes Tom Robinson’s answer” (125-126). Just because his skin color was different from the rest he was looked down upon. Women were also not allowed to be on the jury. When Atticus says “For one thing, Miss maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman… I doubt if we’d ever complete case tried the ladies’d be interrupting to ask questions” (43-44). Women were just looked down to because of the stereotypes. Women are supposed to clean the house, cook dinner, dress perfect, and more (Poor White
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