Justice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is centered on the moral values and ideas of the people in Maycomb and how they react to things that go against their normal beliefs. All of the characters have their own senses of what is right or wrong, good or bad, etc. Aunt Alexandra's moral values are expressed throughout the book, especially in her feelings through her brother's case, but in public are confined to the indifferent and self-aware values of the county. While Aunt Alexandra has her set of displayed ideas and values shaped by the people in Maycomb, there are some hints to a hidden sense of justice in her throughout the story that gives her a sense of compassion for those discriminated in ...view middle of the document...

Although Alexandra usually seems shallow, she does show a few hints of opinions on equality. For example, when Atticus loses the case, she acts differently than the rest of the county: “Aunt Alexandra was waiting up…’I’m sorry brother,’ she murmured.” (284). This could suggest that she felt guilty about Tom Robinson being convicted, and thought that he did not deserve to be. Although she does not directly say that there should have been more equality in the judgment of the case by the jury, this is a hint that she feels that way. Had she felt like the rest of Maycomb, Alexandra wouldn’t have been as sympathetic as she acted here.
Although Aunt Alexandra appears to keep the morals and standards of racism that the county has, she has different reactions upon the treatment of those discriminated in her county. When Atticus comes home with the news of Tom Robinson's death, unlike the likely reactions of many of the other Maycomb residents, Alexandra is taken aback by the story. Although Alexandra tries hard to keep the most popular opinion that black people are almost nothing, she doesn't express what the common reaction would be: a simple "serves him right for being a negro." Her reaction was far out of the ordinary for a normal white...

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