Why is the reference and rebuttal to Thomas Jefferson's saying. "all men are created equal," significant to Tom Robinson's case? (Is it because when Atticus refers to how men aren't really created equal and how if we were we wouldn't be segregating the blacks from whites and how they could see the truth behind the case and how Tom Robinson is truly innocent and not just a colored man)
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You are correct in that he is stating that we are all born with different gifts and graces. Some are better at some things than others and therefore we are not, in essence equal. But Finch goes further to identify that it is through the United States court system that we can see one another as equal. He identifies the courts as being above all things that prevent us from ever being truly equal and establishing a level of equality. Finch reminds the jury of this because he believes that the phrase "all men are created equal" has been misinterpreted throughout history, but can and should be seen as applicable and just within the court system.
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Oct 22nd, 2015
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