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The Mockingbirds Essay

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In this world, everyone has an equal right; however, many people are getting falsely accused of acts they did not commit even though they are innocent. Mockingbirds, one of the most innocent birds, sing their heart out for people to enjoy, however, they getting killed every day. In this novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many racial prejudices going on. Finches stand near the top of the social hierarchy, with Cunningham and Ewells underneath. Black community in Maycomb is even below the Ewells, even if they were a hard worker; they were not treated equally. The “mockingbirds” represents the idea of innocence, so killing a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, many ...view middle of the document...

Also, Tom had said Mayella was the one who jumped on top of him and kissed him. Atticus and Tom’s testimonies strongly proved that Tom was innocent. However, many hours after Atticus’s final testimony, the judge announced the verdict, guilty. “They shot him, said Atticus, He was running. It was during exercise period. They had said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over. Right in front of them” (Lee 315). Tom Robinson tried to escape from the jail, but he was killed by the guards; he was shot seventeen times, which made no sense. This shows that the guards were racist and they had made up a reason to kill him since he was a black. The mockingbird is dead. Tom Robinson was innocent, but only because he is black, he was killed which shows that he represents the mockingbirds.
Another character that symbolizes a mockingbird in this novel is Boo Radley; he is a powerful symbol of goodness. Boo Radley had never come outside his house. Everyone in the Maycomb County thinks he is strange because of the rumor saying that he stabbed his father’s leg with a pair of scissors and he was locked in the court basement. “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch… There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face… his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). Jem never saw boo before. However, he had described Boo as a monster, freak, he also thinks boo is weird. “When I pointed to him his palm slipped slightly… His lips parted into a timid smile, and or neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. Hey, Boo I said” (Lee 362). Boo Radley had saved Scout and Jem's life. Mr. Ewell was drunk and he tried to attack them, so Boo came and help the kids; he was not only innocent, he was also helpful and brave. When Scout first saw him, there seemed to be an immediate understanding between Scout and Boo. Scout might have realized that he looks different than she thought. Also this event showed that Boo was watching the kids the whole time. Scout and Jem got to know that Boo is a kind, innocent man. Boo Radley is an innocent and...

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