Buckingham Palace: District 6 Essay
When the characters of District 6 are analysed superficially they are not admirable. Mary is a prostitute; Zoot has a criminal record and beats people up. And Mrs Knight goes to church every Sunday and is happily married with 3 children. If you judge these people superficially, you would think Mrs Knight would be the optimum person you could trust to go to in this community if you had a crisis. However once you get to know these characters you realise that Mrs Knight will, in fact, judge you, be angry at you and gossip about you because of your problem.
Mary will help you and comfort you in the best way that she can. And Zoot will be likely to collect the Boys’ and get even with whoever has caused your problem. Therefore because of relative morality we begin to see that even though these people are dishonest, lie and cheat it doesn’t mean they are bad and immoral people, they just do what they have to to survive. If you look at Zoot ostensibly, and judge him as you would a book by its cover, you will see a man that is a liar, that uses his “guardian angel” to shift blame off of himself as an excuse for doing wrong.
You would see a man that is dishonest and has not payed the rent for 15 years, a man that beats people up and is an ex-prisoner. However this is all relative, once you delve deeper into this character you grasp that he does these things for a reason, because to him it is simply something he must do to right a wrong. This is shown when he, The Jungle Boys and Pretty Boy beat up Elvis for molesting Faith. “Elvis was unceremoniously flung into the back of the van”, “They methodically set to work on him. Each one had his turn.
Elvis was lying semi-conscious next to his broken guitar by the time they had finished. ” They do not do this just because they are bad people and feel like hurting someone but because they truly believe this man must pay for what he did to a little girl who is their friend. They do this as an act of unity and valour for their community. Zoot also lies to Katzen and repeatedly promises to pay the rent without really intending to. But this is not because his intention is to cheat Katzen because he honestly does not have the money to pay for it.
Zoot is also a compassionate person; he lets strangers and old friends stay in his house, without asking for anything in return other than hoping they will pay the rent for them, knowing they almost certainly don’t have the money to either. These People become his family and they stand up for each other and don’t judge each other and that is worth so much more than the iniquitous things they did to get by. Mary is a prostitute and breaks the law by running an immoral and illegal business.
However as you read further into the book you see that there is far more to her than a preachers daughter gone astray. You see that even though she runs a whore house you cannot judge her as a person for because of this. Mary goes to church every Sunday and always pays her church dews. Furthermore she and The Girls put significantly more effort than the rest of the community into their stall for the church bazaar, even though members of the parish were prejudiced toward her and The Girls discriminated against them.
She is profoundly a good person because she continuously and without fail stands up for and supports her community. She let strange woman come to stay with her after they were kicked out of their homes by their family or left because they were being a abused. She became their new family and they chose to stay and work with her. Mary respects others, even if they are rude and disrespectful to her. This is shown when faith is molested by Elvis and comes to Mary for help; “Come inside, my child.
No-one’s going to hurt you now. ”, “Mary would not allow her to speak until her parents came hurrying in” Mary respects that Mrs Knight is Faiths mother and she should hear what happened before she does. But still helps faith and comforts her. Isn’t that loyalty and kindness worth more than the manner in which you get your income. Mrs Knight seems like the ideal mother and wife. She goes to church every Sunday, has a respected and religious husband and she is a stay-at-home mother.
However she is very judgemental and rude. This is proven when Mary wants to help fundraise for the church in the bazaar, but the delegation, because of Mrs Knight will not let them. Mrs Knight says that “The church could do without the likes of them and their madam, Mary Brown. She refused to call her Mrs Mary knight since people might think they were related. The knights were decent God-fearing people. Mary had a bloody cheek taking holy communion, never mind attempting to have a stall at a church bazaar.
Mrs Knight seems so community orientated but when the removals start she is the first to go against the communities plan to stay in their homes and defy the unjust government for her own selfish reasons and risk everyone else’s homes in the district. This implies that she is not as devoted to the community as she would like others to think. Therefore it can be seen that a person’s image not always who they really are. Even though the characters of District 6 are thieves, liars and prostitutes there is much more to them than just that. When keeping relative morality in mind you see that they are essentially good, caring people at heart.