Hurricane And Mockingbird Essay

1491 words - 6 pages

The novels Lazarus And The Hurricane and To Kill A Mockingbird are similar in many ways.
They both have a theme of racism and the author gave out what it was like for the black community in the past on having to go threw what they did everyday. In these novels, the characters and the society are alike however, unfortunately they have different endings.

Both of these novels have an innocent person who needs help proving that he's not guilty. Those people are Rubin Carter and Tom Robinson.
Rubin Carter is the innocent man in the novel Lazarus And The Hurricane. He was put in prison for being accused of killing two people in 1966 with his friend Artis. He has been in prison for around 18 years until he meet a young kid named Lazarus. He moved to Canada with some Canadians so he could get a better education. Together, they discovered 'Rubin Hurricane Carter' and they knew he was innocent. Rubin and the Canadians quickly became friends. They wanted to help him out and make him feel more like home in prison and buy him a TV. Rubin refused it.
'' “I don't belong here. This is not my home.” He said he never wanted any niceties, any amenities to distract him from fighting for the only thing that really mattered – his freedom.''(Chaiton, Swinton,99).

The Canadians decided to help him get the freedom he deserved.
Tom is a nice young man who needs to go to court for being accused of raping a young girl named Mayella, although he did not go threw it alone. He had his lawyer Atticus Finch. Atticus is a single father of two. He believes that no matter who he is defending, if that person is innocent, he deserves justice and he will try his best so justice will be served.
''”If you shouldn't be defendin' him, then why are you doin' this?” “For a number of reasons.”said Atticus. “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.”''(Lee,100)

Both characters had terrible judges for their cases, Judge Leopizzi and Judge Taylor.
Rubin Carter had Judge Leopizzi. He was not a great Judge what so ever especially for Rubin's kind of case. People found that the Judge was harsh, even more then all of the defence Lawyers.
'' At the 1976 trial, Steel, ever quick on his feet, has accused the Judge of '' turning the trial into a racial nightmare'' by permitting the prosecution to submit its racial revenge motive theory to the jury without factual basis.''(Chaiton, Swinton, 125).

Tom Robinson on the other hand had Judge Taylor. He was considered lazy and he doesn't take his job as seriously as it should token.
''Judge Taylor was on the bench, looking like a sleepy old shark... He sometimes propped his feet up, he often cleaned his fingernails with his pocket knife.''(Lee,220).

It was clear that he did not care about justice at all. the characters in these two novels are a lot alike because they have the same situation going on.


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