To Kill a Mockingbird

Analyze both laws that are written and laws that are unwritten.

use examples from the book to kill a mockingbird and point out when laws are broken or changed and the impact this has on the characters and the novel's society.

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Atticus specialized in the law. This particular case had a heavy unwritten social component to it. Racism in the white South was ingrained in people of Maycomb. Although slavery had been abolished, there was still segregation. Social "norms" were written in stone and, although not laws, carried heavy unwritten penalties for breaking. Tom Robinson felt sorry for a white girl. He went into her house/shack and tried to help her. This was an unwritten social rule. Blacks do not mix with whites, especially young black men and white women. In Atticus' summation, he says that Tom Robinson's only crime was the fact that he had the “unmitigated temerity to feel sorry for a white woman”. For this the man was put on trial and accused of rape. Everybody knew the truth, but the word of a white girl, even Mayella Ewell's, held greater weight in the eyes of the jury.

This is a very good read, many people found the blacks to be very Anti Law in Maycomb, but in my honest opinion as a author, i find Tom to be very passif on the whole situation. (If i must say)