How do To Kill a Mockingbird and "The Mother of all Bombs" by Leunig foster an understanding of justice and injustice?Explain the relevance for inclusion for study in English and how, To Kill A...

How do To Kill a Mockingbird and "The Mother of all Bombs" by Leunig foster an understanding of justice and injustice?

Explain the relevance for inclusion for study in English and how, To Kill A Mockingbird and "The Mother of all Bombs" a cartoon by Leunig fosters an understanding of justice and injustice.

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1. Both works focus on the destruction of the innocent. In Lee's novel, Tom Robinson is a symbolic mockingbird--a person who harms no one and seeks only to help. Yet, despite his good intentions in helping the lonely, abused Mayella Ewell, Tom is wrongly accused and later killed. Similarly, in Leunig's cartoon, an innocent mother trying to protect her innocent children, is about to be destroyed by "the mother of all bombs" simply because she is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

2. The injustice portrayed in both works is profound and disturbing. In the novel, because Atticus takes on Tom's case, the injustices in Maycomb are revealed, and Atticus believes that a change in the justice system will eventually take place. However, even if good comes of Tom Robinson's case, a family is still left fatherless and husbandless. One must ask, why must an innocent man give his life in order for others to see their prejudice? In the cartoon, while the bomb might be aimed at an area where terrorists are known to hide, that fact does not justify the mother and her children's deaths. Like Tom, she has no other place to go, and she has no idea that her simple existence is in danger.

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