To Kill A Mockingbird - Law and the trial

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird- Law
    • Real life court trials
      • 'The Scottsboro incident'; 9 young black men are falsely charged and found guilty of raping 2 white women in Alabama in 1931
      • Brown vs. Board of Education
        • Linda Brown's father, Oliver Brown and 13 other parents tried to enroll their children in white schools. The Government spent $150 on each white student yet only $50 on every black student.
    • Private justice
      • The legal system was not sufficient to save the mockingbird of  the story, Tom Robinson.
      • We  are never completely certain whether it was Jem or Boo who stabbed Bob Ewell. Harper Lee implies the real issue  is we need to protect the innocent
        • Boo  Radley
      • Mr Underwood report's Tom Robinson's death in the Maycomb Tribune, likening it to 'the senseless slaughter of songbirds'- Chapter 25, p.247
    • Revenge
      • Judge Taylor's house is broken into.
      • Mr Link  Deas, who gave Helen work, warned Bob Ewell to leave her alone
      • Bob Ewell loses his new job, blaming it on Atticus
      • Bob Ewell spits at Atticus in the street.
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    • Ewell vs. Robinson
      • Mr Gilmer addresses Tom as 'boy'
      • Atticus addresses Mayella as 'Ma'am' and does not understand the polite language and thinks that Atticus is mocking her.
      • Tom uses very polite language, not wishing to repeat Bob Ewell's bad language and instead of saying that Mayella was lying he says, 'she's mistaken in her mind'
  • We  are never completely certain whether it was Jem or Boo who stabbed Bob Ewell. Harper Lee implies the real issue  is we need to protect the innocent
    • Boo  Radley

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