In To Kill A Mockingbird, how is justice portrayed throughout the story and why is it important?

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Justice is portrayed or symbolized in this novel as a mockingbird. A mockingbird is an innocent creature that harms no one and sings beautiful songs. As Miss Maudie tells Scout, it is a sin to kill it.

Therefore, killing or harming an innocent person is at the heart of how injustice is understood in this novel. The two people who are mockingbirds treated unjustly are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.

Tom Robinson is the main mockingbird. Although he has done nothing but try to be helpful to Mayella Ewell, she accuses him of rape. In the racist world of the South, the word of a white woman is always automatically believed over the word of a black person. Although Robinson is clearly innocent of rape, he is unjustly convicted by a jury that places upholding the racial hierarchy over making a fair decision based on evidence.

Boo Radley, being white, suffers a far less dire fate than Tom Robinson, but the prejudice with which the children treat him is a parallel story to the prejudice with which the...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 27, 2019