To Kill A Mockingbird
“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a young girl named Scout is taught about the prejudice and injustice based around racism when she finds out that her father Atticus has to defend an African-American man in court when he is accused of raping a white woman. She always thought of herself being equal to the black people around her but is shell-shocked when she overhears that a negro’s word will never beat a white person’s accusations. She asks Atticus why he can defend a black man when everyone else is against him. He tells her that the only thing he cares about is whether or not he did the right thing in the end. The entire time she’s dealing with the judgement between the races, she believes that a sheltered man down the street is crazy. After being left little presents in a knot in an old tree, she starts to think differently.