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The two novels "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "A Time to Kill" both portray accounts of gruesome racial discrimination in 18th century America and the heroic acts of some white Americans who endangered their own lives to confront that evil.In "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "A Time to Kill" the authors Harper Lee and John Grisham outline this subject of racial discrimination in a very similar manner. In hope of further analyzing the two novels, and finding some points of contrast ; I will focus on plot, character , and setting.According to Atticus Finch : "There is something in our world that makes men lose their heads - they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our court, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins".# The above statement strongly suggests racial discrimination exists in the novel. Discrimination; as defined in Random House Webster's dictionary is to make a distinction on the basis of a prejudice; to show partiality. Racial discrimination therefore, would mean a prejudice based on race.In distinguishing both novels in terms of plot ; Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is the story of a young man who is wrongfully accused of raping a white woman.In contrast, "A Time to Kill" is a story of man who kills two men in cold blood ; because they had raped his daughter. Both are the stories of two black man , fighting for their rights in the court of law.Although Tom Robinson is accused of rape he is really an innocent man. He serves as a scapegoat in "To Kill a Mockingbird" a man held responsible for crimes the victims own father didn't feel he could admit committing. The fact that his life is put in jeopardy on these wrong accusations make me feel genuinely sorry for Tom , and his family who have to endure his absence each day when he is in jail. Atticus Finch, quotes on pg.220 :"The only place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a court room, be he any color of a rainbow , but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into the jury box." From this statement , I see a person who sympathizes with minorities. Atticus is determined , and stands for what he believes in. For that reason, it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that he agrees to defend Tom in court ; despite what his neighbours think or say.In "A Time to Kill" ; peace of mind is very difficult to come by for Carl Lee Hailey, a man whose ten-year old daughter is raped. Carl Lee does not sleep comfortably for nights, knowing that the men who raped his daughter lurk around not having to face justice for the crimes they had committed . Not able to take it any longer , he decides on seeking revenge and shoots down those two men who raped his daughter on the courtyard steps. At one crucial point in the novel , before he commits any murder. Carl Lee tries to makes his emotions clear to his lawyer. On pg.46 he states : "It ain`t sunk in yet. I mean, twenty-four hours ago everything was fine. Now look at us. My little girl's layin` up in...


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