Overcoming political injusticeWhat is a specific example of political injustice to a character in the book and how did a character overcome this obstacle?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Tom Robinson is probably the only character in To Kill a Mockingbird who received political (or, more specifically, legal) injustice. Sadly, Tom was not able to overcome this obstacle. Although Atticus hoped to overturn the guilty verdict on appeal, Tom's escape attempt and resulting death ended what both men hoped would be an eventual positive outcome. 

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Tom Robinson is found guilty in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is injust because he didn't do anything. The reason he was found guilty was completely political. Those in the jury were afraid of what would happen to their town if they found this case in favor of a black man. Atticus explained this to the children when they asked him why women and people who own stores don't sit on juries. The people who own stores fear that they will lose buisness of whoever disagrees with a verdict. Everyone in the courtroom knew that Tom was not guilty. But the environment of the day told the jurors that they better not side with him or else.

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Sorry, for not answering the second part of the question. Basically, he overcomes the injustice by being found not guilty. Regardless of this, people still look at him as a criminal.

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One example of political injustice appears in the novel Monster. The main character, Steve Harmon, is arrested on charges of murder and is not seen by the people of the court as innocent until proven guilty. The court reporter and officers belittle him given they believe him to be guilty of the crime he is charged with based solely on the fact that he is black.

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There is no more unjust world than that created by George Orwell in 1984, a world in which Big Brother (the government) punishes Winston Smith simply for having his own views. When his views and behaviors do not conform to the expectations society has for him, Winston is cruelly punished and "reprogrammed." In the end, though, Winston endures the torture and still has at least one thought the government cannot control.

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Perhaps you could clarify your question for us by telling us which book you would like us to comment on.

Another example of a political injustice being done to a character in a book is that which is done to Helmholtz Watson and Bernard Marx in Brave New World.  Both of these men are exiled from their homes because they have been thinking the "wrong" things.  Watson can be said to have overcome his injustice by accepting it with equanimity, thus turning it into much less of a real punishment.

Again, if you have a specific book you are asking about, please let us know.

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One example that came to mind for me was Snowball in "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. He was too dangerous for Napoloeon and Squealer to keep around, because he had excellent ideas and was persuasive enough to threaen their power. He fled to a neighboring farm, and became their scapegoat.
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Perhaps you could clarify your question for us by telling us which book you would like us to comment on.

Another example of a political injustice being done to a character in a book is that which is done to Helmholtz Watson and Bernard Marx in Brave New World.  Both of these men are exiled from their homes because they have been thinking the "wrong" things.  Watson can be said to have overcome his injustice by accepting it with equanimity, thus turning it into much less of a real punishment.

Again, if you have a specific book you are asking about, please let us know.

I had meant to refer to the novel " To Kill a Mockingbird" and appreciate your help with this.

 

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mpumpkin | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I apologize.  I was referring to the novel " To Kill a Mockingbird" and appreciate any guidance that could be given.

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