Jordans Blog Post Blog 8

As defined in the prompt blog post, terrorism is the systematic use of terror and fear, especially as a means of coercion. I agree with this definition, acts of terror have often been used to make political points, oppose governments, oppose ideas, or simply to invoke fear into particular individuals who may be of a certain race, believe in a certain religion or anything else. I also beleve that justice can be manipulated in many ways. At one point the United States thought it was just, fair and ok to enslave individuals. Justice and terrorism both depend heavily on who is in control at the time; the people behind the justice system ultimately determine what is in fact just. In regards to terrorism individuals behind the terror have determined whether the act has a legitimate cause or reason, sometimes making the act only described as terrorism to the victims.

In To Kill A Mockingbird the story definitely challenges the idea of justice. The justice system of Maycomb, Alabama plays a huge role in the story. The justice system of the time of the story was actually the suitors of the injustice. The racial conflicts and flaws within the justice system of the time provided white Americans in the story and more specifically Bob and Mayella Ewell the individual lying on Tom Robinson about raping Mayella a platform to do whatever they wanted and not be prosecuted.  Even though the evidence showed that Tom did not commit the rape, the justice system still prosecuted him. The audience sympathizes with Atticus for representing Tom and standing up against and unjust system. We know as well as Atticus that the justice system is corrupt and that Tom is innocent, but we are forced to watch Tom take the fall for something he did not do simply because of his race. In my eyes Atticus is a hero for his efforts to protect Tom, he endures torment and puts himself endanger to protect and innocent man and stand up against an unjust justice system.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I agree with this blog post. Atticus is definitely a hero in my eyes as well. Even though in everyone else’s eyes what he was doing was corrupt and unjust,Atticus believed in fairness and equity and he fought for what was right.

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  2. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I believe Atticus is absolutely a hero. I blogged about To Kill a Mockingbird as well and felt that even though many in town persecuted him for being a bad guy in his efforts to protect a black man, he was truly a good guy, the folk hero of the story.

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