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The Voice Of Innocence Essay

963 words - 4 pages

A songbird's music can make anything turn to happiness. A mockingbird is something that does nothing to hurt anyone and symbolizes innocence and purity. In literature, characters can show innocence because they don’t harm anyone, they should help. These characters can represent a mockingbird while other characters can represent the evil. Harper Lee uses mockingbirds in her story to fight the evil in the story. All it does is sing for people so it would be a sin to kill it. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem Finch is the voice of innocence while Boo Radley doesn’t bother anybody and Tom Robinson is an innocent person, therefore they all represent Mockingbirds.

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So over the course of the novel, killing mockingbirds is associated with the sinful, the pointless, and the cruel and Boo represents a mockingbird.
Like Boo Radley, Tom Robinson isn't just a person that is accepted by society. But, he is a black man that is accused of a crime and unfortunately loses the trial. Tom is innocent, and didn’t do anything wrong. He is found guilty by the verdict for rape, even though he really is not, but he makes a desperate attempt for freedom, but unfortunately is killed. The Ewells portray Tom as a wicked man who took advantage and raped Mayella. But Tom presents himself as an innocent man, who was just trying to help out a fellow person in need. He is willing to help Mayella out of the kindness of his heart even though she is white. Tom Robinson is an example of how someone has all of the characteristics of a mockingbird. All his life he was a hard working person who tried to phelp anyone anyway he could. In the novel, it tells how he lost his arm while working on a cotton gin. After the incident happened he never stopped working, he kept on no matter how hard it was. “Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of’ em” (264). Tom said this to Atticus as he was questioned in the courtroom. Tom Robinson is a mockingbird because he had never hurt anyone and never did anything wrong or caused trouble. All he ever did was attempt to help Miss Ewell, to have pity on her. By sentencing him to death, the jury metaphorically "killed a mockingbird."
Lastly, Jem sees things as they are, in a completely innocent...

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