Monday, May 6, 2013

Famous Unjust Sentences in Literature

Many people are victim to unjust punishment. Authors often elaborate on the idea: what if you are innocent and sentenced anyways? Here are a few examples:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Tom Robinson, a black working man with a crippled left arm, is accused of hitting Mayella and bruising the right side of her face.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo: Quasimado, deaf, has a trial before a deaf judge in one of the most hilarious scenes of the book.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Jurgis has a trial because he hit his wife's boss for raping her several times and threatening to fire her entire family.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisevich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn:  Ivan Denisevich is sentenced to the gulag because he was a German spy. And he was a German spy because he got captured by the Germans in WWII and came back.

Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie: Poirot is convicted of murder simply because he is a foreigner.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: I can't say much without giving the story away, but you'll know what I mean.

Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas: Edmond Dantez is sent to prison as a scapegoat for the escape of Napoleon. 

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