The mockingbirds in the story, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley get undeserving treatment during the novel until it is known to the people of Maycomb that they are good and pure. In the case of Tom Robinson it was too late as they killed him before they could learn what a good person he actually was. He got charged for a crime he did not commit, and Boo Radley got rumors spread about him that were anything but true. “It is wrong to kill the mockingbird just because you don’t like its
All Boo did was mind his own business and got punished and judged for it. Boos innocence was hidden behind his way of protecting himself from turning into a cruel citizen of Maycomb like the rest. Boo was judged unfairly his whole life but in the end the only thing he did was save two young lives, this making him a representation of the mockingbird. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee there are several people symbolized by the mockingbird. The mockingbird symbol is used to represent innocence and people getting judged unfairly which teaches those who read the novel, empathy and not to judge others by things heard by a second-hand
Dubose and eventually win the reader over with their unseen goodness despite the heinous reputations they carry in society. This novel shows the reader that when a person or group of people judges someone else solely based on his/her unflattering attributes and actions, it is a very dubious approach and often misleading. Atticus illuminated one of the threads that binds the theme of the novel and society as a whole when he says to Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. . .
It’s similar to racism and has the same effects. Harper Lee has great examples from Tom Robinson’s court case and the Radley situation that show this. Characters like Aunt Alexandra show prejudice, yet Atticus does not. Prejudice is a strong point in To Kill a Mockingbird and it has strong effects on people. Works Cited MacAskill, Ewen.
To Kill A Mockingbird Outline 1. Atticus A. What do they say about him? After Jem watches Atticus take out the mad dog with a single shot, Jem learns that his father isn't so helpless after all. He also learns a lesson about humility in the process.
This lead the jury to declaring Tom guilty, despite there being no doubt of his innocence. This verdict was the act of slaying a mockingbird; he was nothing but kind hearted, yet discriminatorily lost his life due to the town’s predisposition towards his skin
This paper will focus on the lessons of justice, prejudice, and courage. First, justice is probably one of the biggest themes in the novel. In a world where so many people do wrong, some good people still try to do right. One prime example is Mr. Ewell’s death. Everyone knew Mr. Ewell was incorrect when he wrongfully accused Tom Robinson of rape.
Sympathy I enjoyed Lee’s use of the theme of sympathy throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. Through Lee’s protagonist Atticus Finch, he shows the importance of sympathy by examining the ability to understand another’s perspective, specifically those of Miss Caroline Fisher and Boo Radley. The first instance occurs when fisher yells at Scout for already knowing how to read. She takes offense because Scout prevented her from teaching everyone in her own way. Later that evening, Atticus tries to explain to Scout why Fisher yelled at her.
However, in the penultimate chapter of the novel, it is discovered that Bob Ewell was, in fact, murdered by Arthur Radley. It is expected by the reader that Atticus would take him to court, as all through the book, it is clear that he believes in absolute justice. It is perceived by some, as a ‘stab in the back’ for the reader, when it is revealed that Atticus is prepared to overlook Radley’s crime. This selection in the book makes the reader think about whether justice really is possible, after reading about the strong and adamant thoughts of Atticus. All throughout the book, Atticus is concerned about the trial of Tom Robinson, working towards his complete justice.
Although Boo Radley shows just what a substantial person he has become, he is still misjudged by the society. This is proved when Boo Radley saves Jem’s life by killing Mr.Ewell and Atticus says it wouldn't be right to expose him and Scout vocalised, “ It would be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”. So when Atticus kept the information of Boo to himself, he really believed that Boo Radley was an innocent man who caused no harm to anyone and therefore shouldn’t be persecuted, as he has been illtreated his whole life. The aim with mockingbirds in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is that mockingbirds should not be killed as they only exist for the enjoyment of others and cause no harm and only minded their business. Another way in which Harper Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol is through Tom Robinson.