To Kill a Mockingbird

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In the story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are two “mockingbirds. One is Tom Robinson, the black man on trial, and the other is Arthur (Boo) Radley, a nice man who was torn by his father’s harsh love. It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird because they don’t cause any harm, and they bring joy to others. They are both mockingbirds; however, their fates are different. First, Tom Robinson is a mocking bird who was killed. Tom goes to trial because he is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young daughter of Bob Ewell, the person who accuses him. At the scene, Mayella tempts Tom. After Bob sees this, he runs inside and beats Mayella while Tom is fleeing. “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed” (323). When in court, because of the circumstantial evidence, Tom is found guilty by the jurors. A few days later when he is in jail, he tries to escape because it’s his last hope. He then is killed by the prison guards. Really the only reason that Bob accused Tom is because he wants to look like a hero, but it backfires on him. Tom is totally innocent and really tried to help Mayella with things around the house when she asked him to. Mayella was lonely; and that’s what caused Tom Robinson’s death. Second, Boo Radley is a mockingbird that was saved. Boo is a very quiet person who stays inside his house all the time. People think he does weird stuff at night, and eats small animals raw; but that’s only because when he was younger, he stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors. He only did it because he was insane. Boo has stayed away from the world since the accident. Another reason he stays inside is that he wants to stay away from all of the evil, and the prejudice of the world. “I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all the time . . . it’s because he wants to stay inside” (304). At the end, Boo comes out to save Scout and Jem Finch, other main characters in the story. Bob Ewell...
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