Judgement In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee makes it apparent that unfair and misguided judgement leads to greater societal conflict. History when looked upon will show that a lack of understanding and empathy creates tension throughout a society, and history continues to show this trend. Eventually this way of life becomes a culture, then nothing stops it from being systematic besides the people in power. Tom Robinson was a victim of an intolerant culture like many others before him, and after. When speaking to Scout, Atticus explains an important message to her, especially fitting considering the way most Maycombians think. In Ch.3 Atticus says ”You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb into…show more content…
Tom Robinson, a commonly known friendly man, was a victim from this injustice and was torn down by the law because he wasn 't judged on evidence brought to light but rather because the man was black. Even when the justice system is built to be blind, Atticus words ot perfectly in Ch.20 p.274 "A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up." What Atticus means is that no matter what evidence is presented, no matter what alibi is said or any situation explained, it won 't matter to a biased jury. Juries are based on being unbiased, all going into a case with an open mind, willing to look at evidence and give a fair sentence. In Maycomb, their culture is not based on equality, but racial superiority. Maycomb runs itself on a backwards culture. Now given the court case which is about a random black man being accused of rape and has a jury completely filled with white men, one could guess the white men have already made up their mind before the trial ever started. The idea that a culture can distort and twist the law is prevalent, Maycomb being an example. Tom Robinson never stood a chance in Maycomb because he lived in a town that which hated him and wanted to keep him down because he was black. Now put Tom Robinson is a court to be sentenced…show more content…
A community cannot progress socially and on equal grounds if a people hate another group of people unjustly. The conflict created by racism not only changes things like personal opinion but also persuades the law, which is supposed to be the fairest place in the United States. From this conflict the communities will never be there for each other, and the only thing that groups together is the lines on a map. There will be no trust between the two groups which will only deepen a systematic disdain for each other. The only thing that will change is that is to change the minds of those who believe these prejudice ways, a monumental cultural shift would need to occur. TKM is a great example of how no matter how morally wrong something is, people will be biased and they cant be changed by any means of convincing, and that only creates bigger holes in their own
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