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“Your father’s right” she said. Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in their corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. The fictional novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, describes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson as symbolically representing mockingbirds. Boo and Tom come from very different backgrounds and have similar stories of receiving prejudice and disrespectful judgments. They are both good men who were put down in Maycomb because the people in the society viewed them as “different”. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley represent mockingbirds because they both show that they are innocent and have non harmful actions towards others.
In the book, Tom Robinson is metaphorically referred to as a mockingbird. Tom is characterized by what the people of Maycomb county say about him. After being accused of rape, people view him as an evil and sinister man. During the trial, when Bob Ewell testifies, he points to Tom Robinson and says, “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella”(pg. 173). The evidence Atticus brought to court proved Tom innocent, but because this story’s setting is in the south where people are very racist he was accused of the crime. Tom had no chance because of the color of his skin and he was only trying to help Mayella because he felt bad for her and her situation. Tom was also very giving/kind towards mayella by accepting money she offered, but kept on helping her out of the givenness of his heart since she needs the help. “She said, i reckon I’ll hafta give you a nickle, won’t i?’ an’ i said, ‘no ma’am, there ain’t no charge”(255). He was also very fragile or at others mercy and since Tom is African American and disabled, when he sees Bob Ewell he gets scared and runs away because he does not want to be judged. Tom Robinson proves in this novel how he exemplifies a mockingbird.
Boo Radley is also seen as a metaphoric mockingbird. He has never been seen out of his house for 15 whole years since his dad locked him up from one small incident. He was kept away from the world like a child, showing his innocence. There were many times throughtout this novel that showed Boo being giving and kind. Towards the beginning of the book, Boo gives the children presents in the hole of a tree. On page 96, Boo gave scout a blanket the night of the fire to warm him up. Also on page 351, Boo plays a very important role saving Jem and Scout from being attacked from Bob Ewell. He saved lives from being hurt. His actions throughout this novel prove him to be a mockinbird.


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