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Justice System In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Although the dedication of Mr. Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, even though it turned out against his favor due to an absence of evidence and a debauched court hearing. This court hearing makes readers question whether or not the justice system of that era was fair and in retrospect, a good question is whether or not our justice system today is fair and lawful. If you think that a false conviction was unfair, Tom is eventually killed for his false conviction under a faulty justice system. To me the sense of justice and fairness seems to be completely violated and bigoted.
Most people will agree that Lee’s book is much more complex than book critics may have suggested. The first question that I asked was, does Tom Robinson receive a fair trial and would having an all-black jury have resulted in a different verdict? In my opinion, I believe Tom Robinson received an unfair trial. I do believe that Tom Robinson’s skin color was the determining factor of whether or not Mr. Robinson was guilty or innocent. What had occurred was a group of white men that were on jury duty had decided Mr. Robinson’s case before they had even entered the courtroom. In To Kill a Mockingbird, justice is a privilege, not a right. If you wanted a fair trial during the To Kill a Mockingbird era then you better make sure you are white. So what if the jury was an all-black jury? I think the verdict and outcome of Tom Robinson would be drastically different. I think that Mayella and Bob Ewell would have been convicted and in jail rather than Mr. Robinson. This then brings up a question of how many false convictions were made just like this incident and how many African Americans received an unfair trial just like poor Mr. Robinson. (Notes)
The second question is in the novel, is it ever justified to act outside the law in order to ensure justice? My opinion to that is that what Arthur Radley had done outside of the court of law was the fairest way that justice was served. Bob Ewell being killed by Arthur Radley was very justifiable. For one Bob Ewell was in the process of murdering both Scout and Jem, these circumstances make this very justifiable. Secondly, no justice had been done to Bob Ewell and he got away with a false accusation and Bob basically for all practical purposes killed Tom Robinson. Overall what Arthur Radley had done was justifiable and far fairer than any court would be to Mr. Tom Robinson. (Fassett)
The books title itself has a very controversial topic hidden within it. On page 92 in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus says to Jem, ““Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”. This is important because it comes back at the end of the book when Arthur kills Bob. Later on Scout received an explanation from Miss Maudie. This was their conversation, “That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but...

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