To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Essay by HomageHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 1997

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In Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird, an issue is addressed which could be considered controversial. This issue is one that everyone faces each day, no one particularly likes to suffer from it, yet we often do it to others. This issue is injustice, and it was ever-present in To Kill A Mockingbird . Some of the types of injustice confronted in this novel include, racial injustice, religious injustice, and discrimination of women. Harper Lee often offers suttle remedies that would put an end to the constant injustices in the novels diverse society.

The greatest case of injustice involves Tom Robinson who was falsely accused of a crime that he never attempted, nor intended to. Tom's view of the actions that lead up to the trail were not believed because of his race, which in all details the way society miss-treated African Americans during the time period the novel was set in.

Tom's actions were different than what others in his situation would have been. Instead of getting angry and striking back against society and the white townsfolk, Tom went through the trial without getting aggravated because he was falsely accused, and conducted himself as a gentleman. Tom's actions depict the kind of man he truly was, not one to rape and beat a helpless teenager, but one to conduct himself as a civilized human being. I strongly feel that this is a remedy that Harper Lee offers on the subject of dealing with everyday injustice. Instead of getting angry when someone puts us down, we should react by laughing along with the person or even just walking away. These reactions may douse the person's sprit to criticize you and end the tormenting

Another issue of injustice confronted in To Kill A Mockingbird is that of religious...