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The two novels To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill both portray accounts of gruesome racial discrimination in 18th century America and the heroic acts of some white Americans who endangered their own lives to confront that evil In To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill the authors Harper Lee and John Grisham outline this subject of racial discrimination in a very similar manner In hope of further analyzing the two novels and finding some points of contrast I will focus on plot character and setting According to Atticus Finch There is something in our world that makes men lose their heads - they couldnt be fair if they tried In our court when its a white mans word against a black mans the white man always wins The above statement strongly suggests racial discrimination exists in the novel Discrimination as defined in Random House Websters dictionary is to make a distinction on the basis of a prejudice to show partiality Racial discrimination therefore would mean a prejudice based on race In distinguishing both novels in terms of plot Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of a young man who is wrongfully accused of raping a white woman In contrast A Time to Kill is a story of man who kills two men in cold blood because they had raped his daughter Both are the stories of two black man fighting for their rights in the court of law Although Tom Robinson is accused of rape he is really an innocent man He serves as a scapegoat in To Kill a Mockingbird a man held responsible for crimes the victims own father didnt feel he could admit committing The fact that his life is put in jeopardy on these wrong accusations make me feel genuinely sorry for Tom and his family who have to endure his absence each day when
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