We hear it all the time. It has been said and heard everywhere; this thing is known by many and yet still abused, for it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Mockingbirds only sing for the enjoyment of others therefore it is a sin to kill them for they have done nothing to anybody yet have only made beautiful music. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird (TKM) by Harper Lee Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically mockingbirds because they all were falsely accused of doing the right thing at the wrong time. Atticus Finch is a kind man that stands up for what is right, Tom Robinson is an innocent and caring black man who is just trying to help, and Boo Radley is a man who has been persecuted for past mistakes and has forever received offensive talk and nicknames, such as Boo for his real name is Arthur.
Atticus Finch a man who is loyal and true to his word, and he always stands up for what he believes him although he and his family are persecuted for ...view middle of the document...
. . Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” (Lee, 30). What Atticus is saying through this quote is that you cannot be so quick to judge a person without knowing what they are feeling. Atticus would not just say this without acting upon his own advice proving that he is a very trustworthy man just trying to do the right thing, which was to help others out.
Tom Robinson a black man who has done the right thing yet at the wrong time. Tom Robinson was accused of rape against a white girl, Mayella Ewell, and through this, he was convicted and because of the color of his skin and the screams of Mayella, they assumed that Tom was guilty. When Tom passed by Mayella’s house, Mayella said that, she was in need of assistance and Tom then went in to help her. The judge then questioned Tom why he helped her and Tom’s response was, “. . . I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of’ em” (Lee, 197) In Tom’s defense this was the right and true thing to say yet at the wrong time to do so. Boo Radley a kind soul yet has been persecuted for his past mistakes. “Boo” is one of many nicknames for Arthur Radley a man who stabbed his father in the leg when he was just a confused little boy at the time, not knowing that his past would forever engrave his future of loneliness and pain. All Boo has done after “the incident” has been kind and generous, yet that still does not change his reputation for once the rumor had begun for little Arthur Radley it had never stopped. Boo stayed inside for fifteen years and no one knew why other than he was dead or is plotting his next murder. Yet Scout Finch, Atticus Finches daughter, said “. . . I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all this time…it’s because he wants to stay inside” (Lee, 227) What Scout is saying is that Boo stays inside to avoid the drama and the persecution from his past blunders.
All three of these men have been in different situations. These men have suffered through persecution yet they have done nothing wrong. In TKM mockingbirds just sing and do not harm anyone therefore, it is a sin to kill them. So why were Atticus, Tom and Boo persecuted? Why sing like a mockingbird when in the end one is stung like a bee?
Lee Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: NY, 1982. Print.