The Symbol of a Mockingbird
Supported Opinion Essay
Prejudice and racism are a part of living and people will always be confronted with it, but why are people hated or precluded? Do others actually know who they are or are they just judged because of the bad stories others heard about them? In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee writes about this theme and she uses the mockingbird is a symbol. A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. Mockingbirds are the innocent victims in this novel.
Tom Robinson is one of the mockingbirds in the novel. Tom Robinson is a “Negro”, so when he is convicted of raping Mayella, all the whites want him to be convicted. Tom's good character and total innocence make him resemble the harmless songbird. Not understanding that his best chance remains to bide his time and failing to grasp anything other than his crushing desire to escape; Tom seems like a frantic, caged songbird. Tom Robinson lost all hope because he was convicted, thinking there was no other way out. Tom Robinson got shot by the police while he was trying to escape from prison. In fact, Tom Robinson died because of an unfair trial. Underwood, the town's newspaper editor, compares Tom to a mockingbird after Tom's death. "He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children."(Lee, 241) The people of Maycomb are racists; they hate black people, because in their opinion they are less worthy than whites. They don’t respect other cultures or other opinions.
Tom is not the only mockingbird in the story. Boo Radley resembles a mockingbird as well. When Arthur Radley was younger he got into some trouble involving a rowdy group of kids. One night he resisted arrest and as punishment was locked up in the outhouse for the night. Later Arthur Radley's father took him home instead of sending him to get an education. Boo was not seen for fifteen years. While Boo Radley's father was clipping the newspaper Boo...
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