Tom Robinson's Innocence

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Every person enters this world with the same level of innocence. Whether that innocence is kept throughout one’s life depends on their specific circumstances. In To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic novel by Harper Lee, mockingbirds are symbolic of people who “don’t do one thing but sing their heart out for us” (Lee 119). In other words, mockingbirds are people who are innocent and defenseless, but their innocence is affected by the evil deeds of others. Dill Harris’ innocence is lost when he witnesses the inequality during the trial, identifying him as a mockingbird. Tom Robinson, an African American man in the story, is an exceptional example of a mockingbird because Maycomb’s racial prejudice outweighs his innocence. The humble deeds of Arthur …show more content…
Dill Harris’ lack of background to prejudice makes him a definite mockingbird. Tom Robinson’s courageous acts are ignored because of the social injustice in Maycomb. Arthur (Boo) Radley is not credited enough for saving Scout and Jem, instead he is mocked. Our society would greatly benefit if human beings stopped harming innocent souls and protected the defenseless and helpless people. There are many people who lack necessities, and those people should not be attacked. However, virtuous people are constantly suffering. There are many examples in today’s society when innocent people are struggling, such as the San Bernardino attacks, the Sandy Hook shootings, the September 11 attacks, just to name a few. Each of these terror attacks consisted of an evil human being who attacked innocent, desperate souls. For instance, during the Sandy Hook shootings, the killer targeted little children as young as the age of six. These horrendous actions of society must be immediately terminated. The way to halt these kinds of events from ever happening is to stop harming the innocent, defenseless people. Too many people in this world are enduring the scandalous attacks of humans. People need to be aware of the losses by Dill, Tom and Boo so that none of those events will ever occur in history ever again. People need to make this world a better place for the sake of the next

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