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There are those who seek the truth and those that choose to deny its existence In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Oedipus the King by Sophocles various themes relating to truth are present in particular there is a focus on the overall theme of the rejection of the truth Each piece of work deals with people rejecting the truth the truth is clearly shown before them but in each occurrence the characters choose to discard it Through themes of irony ignorance and justice the overall theme of the rejection of truth is revealed Irony helped each piece to establish the truth of what happens in the respective stories In To Kill a Mockingbird everyone in Maycomb even the most devout Christians Lee 232 expressed signs of racism towards the Black people Both the Bible and the law states that all men were equal 205 however it is peculiar to see that even in a law abiding and highly religious society the most simplest of rules were completely ignored It was this ironic perception that the townspeople possessed which eventually led to Toms demise Tom was sentenced to prison with the verdict of guilty 211 this verdict is ironic to the fact that the law is seeking the truth Atticus proved that the evidence against Tom Robinson was invalid and that the witness testimonies were in serious question 203 but the courtroom chose to reject this crucial fact It was the courts duty to see that all men were equal 205 Paradoxically in the court itself Tom was treated without a hint of fairness as the court rejected his plea of innocence Much like in To Kill a Mockingbird a touch of irony is used in Oedipus the King to reveal the overall theme Oedipus was viewed as a truth seeker as he was on his quest to discover the man whose death the god denounces Sophocles 102-03 However it was
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