JC Miranda & Shant Bekarian
English Honors II
The book To kill a mockingbird is a microcosm of the Judicial Branch and the American law system. Microcosm has a multitude of definitions that vary from a little world to a greatly diminished size. The definition being examined in this essay is something that makes up another entity of a larger size. Juror Eleven makes a connection between these two by stating his love for this country due to the differences between where he immigrated from and the United States. He also explains a side of democracy where everyone should play their part: “ We have a responsibility. This is a remarkable thing about democracy…., We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. This is why we are strong” (pg 50).
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He is most like the judge or bailiff that consoles both sides and communication solutions to the jurors. For example, when they could not decide who was on which side the foreman asked that they should take a vote to show where everyone stood. This helped the jurors ask the right questions to each other.
It was necessary for Rose to create a microcosm because without the story could not really have clear sides and have a clear setting. When Rose creates this microcosm he paints the picture of where people are in their own mindset. Similarly, Rose is telling the statement of the American law system having its separate parts and each person having to play their own part. Each vote was equally important to the situation the characters were in. If the jurors did not all think carefully and hard about what all the information meant, the votes would make as much sense as a guess. The American Law system has crucial key points like how in the story there are small key facts in the evidence that proved the defendant’s innocence yet Juror 10 believes they were just minute points that had no meaning.
Yet, after Juror 10 explained himself no one cared and actually became annoyed by Juror 10 talking especially Juror 4 who said “ I’ve had enough. If you open your mouth again I’m going to split your skull”. ( pg 60) All in all, when Robinsone was writing this book he made a microcosm of the American Law System. The microcosm is how the jurors in the juror room are like the prosecutors and defendants of the court system. They each putting in their own opinion to each piece of evidence which gives others ideas. The jurors were even focused on the smaller parts of life like when they all talked about how hot they where even though they had more important things to talk about. Many microcosm can be found in life for example the web is a microcosm of our society and how we look to it for information and ways to talk to others individuals.