To Kill a Mockingbird Essays
The Mockingbird is mentioned many times in this book both symbolically and verbally. The mockingbird is mentioned by Atticus when he tells Scout and Jem that they can shoot the bluebirds but not the mockingbird because the mockingbird doesn’t do anything but make music for us. I think that the mockingbird symbolizes innocence and hope. All the characters in the book who are treated unfairly are innocent and all what they have is hope that something will change. Everyone is so prejudice towards Tom that many people didn’t think twice about the case because they don’t care if he is innocent. They would say it’s just a black person and that they deserved it or when Tom died many just called him a typical. All the black people in the book are so quiet with what they say about white people because they know how many times their words are used against them. When white people talk to black people in the book they are rude and don’t care how they sound or what they say. In court, when Mr. Gilmer was asking Tom question he referred to him as “boy” and showing no respect for Tom as Atticus had shown for Mayella. 2.
Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella in a couple different ways represent the mockingbird. Mayella was probably forced into doing the case, she is in charge of all the Ewell children, and she is constantly beaten up by her dad. She probably did the case to get one less beating from her father. She also doesn’t like when Atticus calls her Miss Mayella because she normally doesn’t get treated with respect. Tom Robinson never raped Mayella and was just trying to help her because he knew her dad would never help with the children and he was always spending the family’s money on alcohol. She is one of those people who can’t help the way she is or the problems she’s having. Boo Radley is also symbolic of a mockingbird because he used to be a part a gang but he stopped being in it. Now he just sits in his house all day and watches...
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