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The Instances Of Injustice And Justice In To Kill A Mocking Bird And Silas Marner

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The Instances of Injustice and Justice in To Kill A Mocking Bird and Silas Marner

In this essay I am going to compare and contrast the instances of
injustice and justice in "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Silas Marner".

"To Kill A Mockingbird" is set in Maycomb, in the southern state of
Alabama during the years, 1933-35, the time of the Great Economic Depression.
Racial prejudice was particularly strong in the Southern States due to
the earlier abolishment of slavery, slavery played an important part
in the regions' economy. Blacks were still considered as slaves to
whites and these racist ideas, superstitions and the general state of
injustice was at its peak during the years of "To Kill A Mockingbird".
Instead of the abolishment of slavery causing harmony between whites
and blacks it instead worsened the divisions between them. Maycomb is
a prime example of a town containing much prejudice, discrimination
and injustice.

"Silas Marner" was set between 1795 and 1825 in Raveloe, England.
Britain and France were at war from 1793 until 1802 which caused
terrible poverty across the land. In "Silas Marner", there are no
black people so racial prejudice does not come into the book. There is
prejudice against people who are different as there is in "To Kill A
Mockingbird".

"Silas Marner" was written in 1861 by George Elliot, it tells the
story of a miserly weaver, the novel reveals injustice, the
consequences of this injustice and finally the righting of wrong.

In "To Kill A Mockingbird", Maycomb is a very prejudiced town, this
could have been because it was behind time. Most people in Maycomb are
racist except for the more middle class people such as Atticus and
Miss Maudie. People like Miss Stephanie Crawford are prejudiced
against people who are different such as Boo Radley.

Raveloe is also a prejudiced town. Silas Marner is not sociable and
because people do not know his background as well, they treat him
differently.

Throughout the novel fear prejudice and injustice are dominant themes
related directly to history, superstition and religion. In the 17th
and 18th centuries, Africans were imported into Southern States to
work as slaves on plantations growing cotton. Slaves could be bought
and sold like goods and owned by their masters. In the 19th century,
Northern States protested about the injustice of slavery. In 1865,
slavery was abolished but Southern States continued to treat black
people unfairly, for example they were not allowed to vote until 1968.

To Kill a Mockingbird's" main theme is racial injustice with the main
event being that a black man being accused of the rape of a white
girl. When the claim was first made by the white girl (Mayella Ewell)
the general attitude and opinion throughout the town of Maycomb was,
as usual, "all Negroes lie, that all...

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