How does injustice triumph in To Kill a Mockingbird? Ideas appreciated.  

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There are many examples of the triumphs of injustice in TKAM. Most of them are associated in some way with the trial of Tom Robinson. Tom is accused of crimes he did not commit, is convicted by a jury prejudiced by his skin color, and then dies at the hands of a trigger-happy group of prison guards. Bob Ewell, who is actually guilty of beating his own daughter, nearly succeeds in his vengeful plot to kill Atticus's children. The Jim Crow laws of the era assure that all of the African Americans living in Maycomb will be treated as second-class citizens. Scout feels she is short-changed out of a proper education by her less-than-qualified teachers. Boo Radley and Dolphus Raymond are both reduced to the status of outsiders because of the untruthful gossip that is spread about them; other characters, such as Miss Caroline and the Misses Tutti and Frutti, are scorned because they come from outside Maycomb. Walter Cunningham Jr. is considered "trash" by Aunt Alexandra because she believes his family is not suitable people with which to associate. But there is still hope for Maycomb: Atticus's defense of Tom has allowed the town to take "baby steps" toward justice for the black man, and Bob Ewell's death eliminates the "disgrace of Maycomb"--at least until another generation of adult Ewells emerge.


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