Mockingbirds are placid, blissful, and vulnerable animals. They do not harm anything or anyone. Killing a mockingbird resembles sin to many people throughout the entire novel. In To Kill a Mockingbird many characters can be characterized as being a mockingbird, including: Tom Robinson, Arthur (Boo) Radley, and Charles Baker Harris (Dill). Mockingbirds do not deserve any form of harm or pain in any way, shape, or form. Innocent humans do not deserve to be abused or threatened by anyone or anything.
As has been noted, Tom Robinson is be specified as a mockingbird. “Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children” (Lee, 323). Tom a, well-mannered, god-loving, and a joyous father, did not deserve to be killed or even put into jail. Tom was just another example of racism in the southern states. The so-called “trial” was a doomed attempt of showing Maycombs society that a man’s skin color does not matter. Tom Robinson’s senseless, inhumane, and unjust murder is just another notch on the belt of the racist society in Maycomb.
In the same way, Arthur (Boo) Radley can also be worthy of receiving the name of “mockingbird”. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Scout once stated “Mr. Tate was right… Well it would be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (370). Scout, a adolescent, knows that if her society discovers that Boo helps them and saves their lives, it would be the same injustice as the killing a mockingbird. Arthur is a shy, burdened, and ignored man, thrusting him into the spotlight would be a sin. He saves their lives and doing that helps society take his own life. Maycombs society is cruel. Arthur Radley deserves to be able to live a normal life but because of all the gossip and cruel jokes, Boo does not want to leave his home. Heck Tate makes the correct decision by keeping that night’s...
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