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Issues In To Kill A Mocking Birth And The Gathering

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Gathering' are both didactic novels which address various issues such as conformity, rebellion, personal flaws and injustice.‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ is not only about the injustice in the Tom Robinson case but also we see that during this time, the innocence of childhood was jolted, and Jem and Scout learnedto accept the often harsh realities of the adult world. We also see how their father tries his best to teach them how to make their own decisions based on what they think is right and not to conform to society’s perspective.In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ we see the town conform and produce an automatic judgement that Tom Robinson is guilty. Tom Robinson is charged for a crime he did not commit, his side of the story wasn’t believed no matter how valid it was because to the town of Maycomb Tom Robinson is a "sorry nigger.”This injustice is shown not only to Tom Robinson but also to Atticus Finch and Arthur Radley. The society cowardly mistreated Atticus Finch and his children constantly not because, as a lawyer, he had taken on a Negro’s case but because he chose to defend him. The society’s cowardliness is shown when people talk behind the Finches' backs, when they choose to threaten and harass the Finch children, and also through Scout’s subtle and derogatory terms such as ‘dumpy women’ which show the shallowness of this flawed society. Here injustice is served.Finally, Arthur “Boo” Radley was accused of so much, he “hung around the barbershop; rode the bus to Abbotsville on Sundays and went to the picture show; he even experimented with stumphole whisky” only because he was coming of age and because of this he was locked away in his house. Once again injustice is addressed in the novel through the judgment that the society, which is dictated by people like Stephanie Crawford who base most things on gossip, prejudice and falsehood instead of truth, dignity, justice and reason, makes based upon its flawed perspective and its own system of judgement.Also in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ we see that no-one is completely good or evil; Every character is shown to be human, with human flaws and weaknesses. Harper Lee shows this idea of everyone being imperfect by giving Atticus a flaw, she makes him an old and widowed man instead of a young married man.Social and...

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