To Kill a Mockingbird – Justice Quotes

Scout – Mr Ewell and how he changed the feelings of the crowd ‘Mr. Ewell was sitting smugly in the witness chair … With one phrase he had turned happy picnickers into a sulky, tense, murmuring crowd…’
Dill: Knowing what the jury decided regarding Tom was wrong “It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ’em that way.”
Atticus: Explaining how Mayella has not committed a crime but instead a code of society “She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honoured code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with.”
Atticus: A court is as sound as its jury “A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.”
Atticus and Tom: Atticus interrogating Tom about Mayella and if he harmed her ‘Tom, did you rape Mayella Ewell?’ ‘I did not, suh.’ ‘Did you harm her in anyway?’ ‘I did not, suh.’
Atticus: Explaining to Scout how there has been talk about his defence of Tom. “Scout, you aren’t old enough to understand some things yet, but there’s been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn’t do much about defending this man.”
Atticus: Why he is defending Tom (hold head up) “The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.”
Atticus: His reasoning for defending Tom (couldn’t go to church) “This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience – Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.”
Atticus: Telling Link that Tom is not going anywhere until the truth is revealed “Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth’s told.” … “And you know what the truth is.”
Atticus: Courts being the great levelers despite having faults “Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this county our courts are the great levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”
Atticus: Court-rooms are full of prejudice despite the fact they should be impartial “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a court-room, be he any colour of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.”

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