In TKAM there was much discrimination and prejudice against innocent, harmless and kind Mockingbird type characters. The theme of discrimination and prejudice ran rampant throughout the town of Maycomb County in the 1930's. Acts of hatred and misunderstanding took place all because of someone’s colour. The characters Arthur “Boo” Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch all portray kind hearted mockingbirds who are innocent victims of discrimination throughout this novel.
Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley is a hermit that lives shut up in his house, completely isolated from the outside world. His father kept him locked up as a form of punishment and as a result of this isolation, Boo gained the reputation as Maycomb’s mysterious man. He was an innocent victim of discrimination as the townspeople blamed him for several evil things that happened in the town. False rumours were created and Jem, Scout and Dill spent most of their free time trying to get Boo out of the house to see what he looked like. These children were discriminatory against Boo because he was different. They made fun of him, yet there was no evidence to prove that Arthur Radley was different or had done anything evil. Boo Radley was definitely a mocking bird in this story as he was innocent and kind, yet he was discriminated against by others. He was blamed for things that he did not do, just like Tom Robinson was blamed for something he did not do.
Tom Robinson was discriminated against because of his colour. Tom was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, yet there was no evidence of his guilt. He was mistreated and misjudged because he was black. Throughout the novel he is referred to as ‘boy’, ‘nigger’, and ‘darkie’. The town of Maycomb believed blacks were worthless and the whites belittled the blacks, harassed them and treated them horribly. They were hired hand who lived in a different part of town, had their own church, their own schools and were looked down upon. Bob Ewell accused Tom of...
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