Mayella As A Mockingbird - To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up peoples’ gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The concept of being a mockingbird is shown in a few different characters in Harper Lee’s novel. There are three characters that I think represent the mockingbird concept. There are two very obvious choices, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley; they have a lot in common, they are both blamed for things they did not do. However, I think Mayella Ewell is a mockingbird too. While Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are definite and obvious representations of the mockingbird concept, Mayella Ewell could also be a mockingbird, because of the similarities between the circumstances that Mayella Ewell and Boo Radley live in. When talking about being a mockingbird, it is safe to say that the first character someone would think of is Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is an innocent black man, accused by Mayella Ewell of rape. The only thing he ever did was, metaphorically sing his heart out for Mayella. He helped her out, by bustin’ up a chiffarobe for her, or cutting up some kindling, or getting water for her, and he did not want a single thing in return. He just helps Mayella out of the goodness of his heart. He is a good, well-mannered man; he is helpful, and polite, even when he is at court, and people are lying about him. Another very prominent mockingbird is Boo Radley. No one in Maycomb has seen him since he was a boy, because he has been locked in his house. So no one really knows what he does. Whenever something happens in Maycomb, they blame Boo Radley for it, and even if they find out what really happened, they still blame him. Just like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley gets blamed for things he did not do. The whole town thinks he is a scary man, but in Harper
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