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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird can be regarded as a commentary of the American judicial system.I learned that justice in the 1930's was very different from justice today.Back then; justice had a lot to do with a person's sex, social class, and race.Their color and appearance in the courtroom was used to decide weather they were innocent or guilty.A good example of this prejudice behavior was in the Tom Robinson case.
Tom Robinson was one of the few black men in Maycomb County.He was falsely accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. The jury's that served in the 1930's were all white males and most of them were very racist.Atticus Finch is a lawyer who agrees to take the case, even though he knows it is probably a hopeless one.The main reason Atticus takes the case is to show the white community its morally wrong, to keep convicting accused black men even though the evidence shows they are innocent.During the trial, Bob Ewell, Mayella's father shows how prejudice some people used to be in the 1930's.Bob and his family are the lowest in the social classes and they live in a shack near the town dump.Bob drinks heavily and spends his relief checks on whiskey rather than food for his family.In the trail, Bob uses racist words referring to Tom when describing his version of the crime.This shows the people in the courtroom what kind of man Bob is and how cruel he is towards black people.As the case went on, more and more people started believing that Tom was innocent.The evidence being shown and the witness's descriptions of the crime proved that Tom was innocent.The case came to a close and the verdict was read, "Guilty".After seeing all of the evidence, Tom was innocent but the jury decided he was guilty because of his race. If he were a white man in the same situation, he would have been found not guilty.This is a very good example of how life was for…


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