To Kill A Mockingbird Suggests that justice is impossible in an unjust world".  This my essay topic and I REALLY need some help with my paragraphs.If anone has any quotes that would be great too....

To Kill A Mockingbird Suggests that justice is impossible in an unjust world".  This my essay topic and I REALLY need some help with my paragraphs.

If anone has any quotes that would be great too. I was thinking of writing about how racism gets in the way of justice, but i just don't know what to write. If anyone could help me out with an essay plan  that would be GREAT! thank you so much!

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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With any essay - it is always best to start with a prompt question.  This means turn your big idea (idea for your thesis statement) into an open-ended question.  Then, brainstorm as many examples of answers as you can.  I'll help you get started:

In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does racism get in the way of justice?

  • Tom Robinson is convicted despite obvious evidence that he is innocent.

Right here I tend to stop and ask, "As far as justice goes (which automatically makes me think of something legal), are there any other major examples of injustice as a result of racism?"

Maybe...

  • First Purchase church is used as a gambling hall on the weekdays - is it "just" that African Americans don't get their own building used for the sole purpose of worship?
  • The majority of Calpurnia's church cannot read.  Is that just?
  • Dolphus Raymond lives like an outsider because of his choice to love and have children with a black woman.  Is that just?

Due to the connotation of "law" in respect to "justice" - I think with this topic idea you are going to have to do some explaning of your definition of the word "justice."

If you want to broaden the scope for examples in this essay - you might want to broaden your thesis by tweaking it a little.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does racism affect different characters, and ultimately get in the way of justice?

Now you can focus on three main characters - how they are affected by racism (I might go with Atticus and family, Tom Robinson, Dolphus Raymond - not necessarily in that order), and ultimately how do they deal with some sort of injustice?

I realize this is a lot to digest - but I wanted to show you a glimpse of the thought-process behind effective planning when it comes to essays.  If the essay seems really easy to write - from the beginning on - you might not be doing the assignment justice.  (Oh, there it is again.  Sorry.)

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