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Mockingbirds' Song Essay

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, Mockingbirds play a small role in the plot, but convey a larger meaning. They represent many different characters throughout the book, including Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, Mr.Raymond and Boo Radley. The citizens of Maycomb saw these characters as outcasts and persecuted them. Harper Lee titled her book To Kill A Mockingbird because Tom, Mr.Raymond and Boo represent the mockingbird itself, while Scout, as the innocent character, represents the mockingbird’s song.
Mockingbirds represent Tom Robinson because people look down upon him because he is black. Mr.Ewell accused Tom Robinson of beating and raping Mayella Ewell, his oldest child. In the end, no one had any ...view middle of the document...

When asked about why he told Dill and Scout, Mr.Raymond says, “Because you’re children and you can understand it”(228), meaning the rest of the community doesn’t accept him because he has expectations from his family’s history that he cannot or doesn’t want to meet.
Boo Radley, a mysterious character, has hidden in his home for more than fifteen years. Maycomb has ostracized him because they see him as a mentally insane person who may or may not be alive. Scout “stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrapper”(Lee 37). Throughout the book, Boo has helped Scout by putting a blanket on her sewed Jem’s pants as well as leaving treats in the tree. When Mr.Ewell attacks Scout and Jem to get back at Atticus, Boo rescues them, but had to kill Mr.Ewell as a consequence and not one soul has seen him since. Most people of Maycomb see him as a mentally ill person who may or may not be alive.
When Atticus visits Tom Robinson, Jem, Scout and Dill decide to follow him. Mr.Cunningham and many other white citizens of Maycomb gang up and try to pressure Atticus into giving up on Robinson. Scout decides to speak up. She first talks to...

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