To Kill a Mockingbird.

Essay by vinni119 March 2003

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Essay for To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Book itself has a very evocative title, as killing a mockingbird is an injustice itself. But there are many more avenues in which the novel goes into the justice issues.

I have been asked to discuss the justice issues. The main ones I will be explaining are-: Boo Radley; Tom Robinson's Court Case; and finally Atticus' Reward/Consequence for defending Tom Robinson.

The injustice played out in Boo Radley's case, may have seemed tragic to others, but was in fact what he would have wanted. He committed some sort of crime as a youth and instead of being sent to a boys detention home, his father made a deal with the judge that if he was released he would never here of any trouble caused by Boo again.

Boo was a quiet person and obviously didn't like the limelight. Being put away was the best thing for him.

Ms. Maudie told Scout, "...He always spoke nicely to me, not matter what folks did. Spoke as nicely as he knew how."

Scout tells Ms Maudie, " Miss Stefanie even told me, that she woke up in the middle of the night and found him looking in her window..." These stories are what inspire the children to get Boo out.

Boo is created and referred to as a mockingbird so often throughout the novel. The incident at Ms Maudie's house fire, the trousers, the tree game, and most importantly Mr. Bob Ewell's attempt to harm Jem and Scout. In all of these cases Boo's good deeds aren't done to show his selflessness to the town, but to show his affection towards the kids. Justice eventually prevailed at the end of the novel, when Mr. Tate and Atticus decide,

" ...Bob Ewell fell on his knife.