It’s a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird
“Always the innocent are the first victims, so it has been for ages past, so it is now.” -J.K. Rowling. The mockingbird in the novel To Kill Mockingbird by Harper Lee symbolizes innocence, the character who most represents the mockingbird is Thomas Robinson. Tom has many scenarios in which his innocence was lost. Mayella accusing him of rape, when the jury finds him guilty, and when Tom is shot seventeen times in jail all contributed to the killing Tom’s innocence. The first loss of innocence comes when Mayella and Bob Ewell have Thomas arrested.
The first time Tom symbolizes the mockingbird is when he chooses to help Mayella, yet she betrays him and claims that Tom raped her. In chapter nineteen the reason for Tom’s help towards Mayella is revealed. “Yes suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em” (264) Tom Robinson helped Mayella because he knew that her father was not helping her, and he was trying to be nice. Mayella Ewell asked Thomas for help on multiple occasions, and he obliged. Mayella kisses Tom, but Bob Ewell catches them and Tom is arrested. All this happens because he felt sorry for Mayella and chose to help her when no one else would. Tom symbolizes the mockingbird being killed because he learns that people abuse kindness and take advantage of others. The next scenario in which Tom represented the mockingbird was during court.
Tom Robinson’s mockingbird was further lost in court, when told the truth but is still found to be guilty of rape. Tom, unlike Mayella and Bob, does not lie while he was being asked questions in court. He truthfully retells the events of the day and he admits to assisting Mayella numerous times because he felt sympathetic towards her. Mr Gilmer makes Tom’s reason for helping Mayella seem like a lie, “You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?” (264) Mr. Gilmer also questions why Tom ran away after being caught,...