How Does Atticus Finch Use Social Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Martin Luther King Jr. stated, in his famous speech, “I have a dream that one day in Alabama,[...]with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification,[...]little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls” (n. pag.). Social prejudice is omnipresent, wrapping its ugly claws over all people, all across the world. Social injustice takes numerous repulsive forms including oral beatings, like the governor of Alabama, inequitable trials and justice, social exclusion and segregation, diminishment of rights, and even death. Martin Luther, in his famous speech, is protesting against the segregation and minimization of African American rights. However, this racial prejudice against African-Americans allowed Luther to emerge as ray of light who…show more content…
Without social injustice and the harsh situations created by it, humanity would have no measuring stick as to their progress forward. Despite the fact that social prejudice causes many dark tragedies, investigating the individual lights of humanity in the midst of this darkness is the best way to see how humanity as a whole is transitioning forward. One ray of light amid racial prejudice is Atticus Finch, who exemplifies how humanity’s court of law is slowly improving. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus proves himself to be a social hero when he is describing courage and his rationale for taking on the case to his children: “I want you to see what real courage is[...]It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (149). In this quote, Atticus is referring to the trial of Tom Robinson, an accused black man. Atticus stood up for Mr. Robinson in court even though he knew there was little chance of Tom being pardoned. Atticus proves himself to be a light of humanity by being an advocate of social change who sticks up for all people even if the town and
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