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Mockingbirds Essay

724 words - 3 pages

During the 1930's prejudice and racism was spread through the U.S. For example in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the small town of Maycomb struggles with these aspects. Each character of the novel has a strong personality. Scout Finch is tough, always has an opinion, and is a tomboy. On the other hand Boo Radley stays hidden most of the time, but we all know he is actually a friend to Jem and Scout. Then there is Tom Robinson, a hardworking, strong, and innocent man. But what do all these characters have in common? They can all be analyzed as "mockingbirds". Throughout the novel each of their innocence is destroyed in some way. In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird several of these characters become a symbolic mockingbird including Scout Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson.
Scout's innocence is lost the more she is exposed to the cruelty of the world. It is clear that in the novel she witnessed horrible things. She deals with Bob Ewell harassing her father, the dark times of the Tom Robinson trial, and Atticus getting ganged up on. The scene when Mr. Cunningham and others are surrounding Atticus, Scout seamed to be confused onto what was happening. In the middle of the scene Scout comes forward to Mr. Cunningham and says, " I go to school with Walter... a real nice boy. We brought him home for dinner one time" (Lee 205). Mr. Cunningham's reaction to this is to clear out and leave Atticus and his kids alone. It is shown that Scout had guilted Mr. Cunningham into leaving Atticus alone by talking about his son and reminding him he has a child just like Atticus. She is a mockingbird in this scene because she is so innocent and doesn't know what is going on around her. Another traumatic event that affected her was the murder of Bob Ewell. He wanted to kill her and her brother. She had to watch all this happen, realizing how brutal people can be. Scout had to deal with real-life situations causing her to be a mockingbird.
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