Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Symbolism is used throughout the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. A mockingbird is used as a metaphor in the book. Some characters are portrayed as a mockingbird, including Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, and Boo Radley. These characters represent mockingbirds in different ways.
Tom Robinson was kindhearted and caring man, but was unfortunately accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Tom did not rape her. He was accused to hide the fact that Mayella was abused by her father. Tom is a mockingbird because he cared for Mayella. He helped her around with chores around the house. It seems as if Mayella felt like she had some control over Tom because he was willing to do whatever for her. Tom thought it was a nice thing to do for her and took pity

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