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ashley cain
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In my english class, we are studying Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."  At this point, we are touching on Atticus' summation to the jury.  Towards the end of his summation, he says "We know all men are not created equal in the sense some would have us believe."  I would like to know, do you agree or disagree? Why?
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I would think before that discussion could take place, we would have to come to an agreement on what "in the sense some would have us believe" really means. Taken out of the context of the novel, we don't really know who the speaker meant. By "some" did he mean the average person?

And if so, what does "all men are created equal" mean to the average person? What does it mean to you?
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I loved the book and I guess that the reference refers
to the fact that in society we tend to bend the rules
colour or taint them, so maybe it means that all people
of a certain caterogy are equal and treated on the same
level, reminds me of Orwell's Animal farm
"four legs are better than two." In To Kill a mocking bird an
African American is tried b a white community admist
racist climate and therefore he is not given the same trial as
a white person,  so I guess that is what the sentence refers to.
Then again I never studied the book only read it in my leisure
time I have n notes ofreference just my thoughts.

"Think I'm - I'm lost among the undergrowth So much so I woke up I love you all the same"
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You stole the sun from my heart.
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