To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

12/6/11

Wayne Dyer once said, “Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lie beyond appearances.” With judgment as a reoccurring theme, Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird consists of great resemblances between the characters Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.  In the novel, killing a mockingbird is considered a symbol of destruction of innocence. Many “mockingbirds” exist in the story, which takes place in the Deep South in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s. The novel depicts the life of its young narrator Jean Louise "Scout" Finch and the events surrounding a trial for Tom Robinson, an African American man, falsely convicted and killed by his racist community. Boo Radley is a shy and innocent man unfairly judged and shunned by his neighbors. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson come from very different backgrounds considering one lives in isolation with his taciturn brother and the other is a Negro who lives with his wife and children among friends. As the story progresses, the reader can notice how Tom and Boo are more similar than it appears and how they resemble mockingbirds as described by Harper Lee. Both are good men who are put down because of their “differences” from the other townspeople of Maycomb. By looking at the characteristics of these men, the reader can understand that they are similar in the sense that they are both generous yet judged for unfair assumptions; Tom, Boo, and mockingbirds are alike because of their harmlessness and innocence. Boo Radley’s and Tom Robinson’s characteristics of being generous and judged for unfair assumptions lead them to be a similar type of individual. Boo’s signs of generosity are displayed in several ways. Atticus says, “Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up.” “Thank who”? “Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket...
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