How To Kill A Mockingbird Injustice

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Isaiah 59:8 illustrates, "The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths." Clearly, Scripture recognizes the existence of flaws of the behavior in man. Injustice comes in many forms. Racism, prejudice, false judgment, and stereotyping are all skewed perceptions. These distortions spill over into behaviors and human interactions, often resulting in the suffering of the innocent. The world is broken, and until the Lord returns, unfair situations will exist. In the award winning book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the theme of injustice is rampant in the lives of Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Calpurnia. The false judgment of Boo Radley illustrates injustice as a harmless, kind-hearted man is painted as a…show more content…
Calpurnia serves as an amazing role model and mother figure to the children, and yet Aunt Alexandra wants to fire her. She had raised Jem and Scout, and plays an indispensable part of their lives, showering them with discipline, structure, and love. Aunt Alexandra, however, barely existed in the children 's lives up until she moved into the Finch’s home, yet she inflicts great injustice on Calpurnia by failing to recognize the necessitous part of the family that Calpurnia fills. Scout even overhears Aunt Alexandra saying, "...you 've got to do something about her. You 've let things go on too long Atticus, too long. I don 't see any problem in letting her go"(182). Calpurnia deserves honor and reward, not termination. The injustice of Aunt Alexandra’s disregard for Calpurnia continues the underlying theme of the book. Injustice reoccurs throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, and many characters suffer from it. As the mockingbird makes beautiful music and does not deserve to die, these characters help others and yet still endure unjust treatment. Boo’s harmless demeanor, Tom’s innocence, and Calpurnia’s significance do not prevent them from suffering. Seeing these acts of injustice may cause despair. Christ commands a response of love and compassion in response to persecution. Believers can find peace in the fact that God is just, and someday He will return and bring justice back to the
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