HOW THE AUTHOR REPRESENTS THE THEME OF INJUSTICE IN “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is among the most respected novels in the contemporary history of American literature. In the story, Harper Lee utilizes dominant language, plot devices, and very detailed character development to bring out a variety of themes, injustice being among them. The story is set in the county of Maycomb, in the 1930s, and is told through the eyes of a young narrator, Jean Louise Scout. Lee uses the narrator’s voice to demonstrate how injustice prevailed in the American society in the 1930's. Lee explorer the theme of prejudice in the Maycomb community through several characters, most importantly Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, who are victims of social injustice.
Boo Radley is among the chief sufferers of societal the prejudices in the Maycomb Society. As a kid, Radley took part in several misfortunes that lead to his detainment in the house. Since then, he earned the reputation of a murderer. Jem even saw him as a monster, “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained – if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 1960, p.65). Radley is locked up because his family does not want him to be caught up further in trouble after his teenage episodes. Also, his kin is worried about the family’s reputation that Radley might taint. No one knows the exact thing that happened to Boo, but from the rumors making round, it is apparently evident that Boo Radley might have suffered injustices in the past. According to the narrator, Boo’s father had then placed him under house arrest. (Le...
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