The Mockingbirds In Harper Lee

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The Mockingbirds In Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” Essay, Research Paper In this novel Aticus tells Jem and Scout that ?It?s a sin to kill a mockingbird.? This quote sums up the heart of the book. A mockingbird is a harmless creature that makes the world more pleasant with it?s songs. The mockingbirds in the novel are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Neither of them ever harmed or killed anybody in their lives, to kill either of them would be a sin. Boo Radley went through life never hurting a soul. He left gum, pennies, and wax dolls for Jem and Scout. He sewed Jem?s torn pants and left them folded on the fence so Jem could retrieve them easily. Lastly, Boo saved Jem and Scout?s lives while risking his own. This was probably the biggest gift that Boo ever gave to Jem

or Scout. Boo was a very gentle person. To send him off to jail, taking away his life, would be like killing a mockingbird because he never harmed anyone or anything. Scout makes this point when she says to Aticus, ?Well, it?d be sort of like shootin? a mockingbird.? Chopping wood and doing whatever he could do for Mayella Ewell was the only crime that Tom Robinson committed. The readers know that Tom is innocent, but at the same time they know that he will be killed. Just like Boo Radley, Tom never harmed a soul. Tom risked his own safety be helping Mayella He helped her because he was a kind man who would do just about anything to help another creature. When Tom Robinson was convicted of raping Mayella Ewell, it was like shooting down a mockingbird, because he didn?t, in

anyway, shape or form, harm Mayella. The moment that Tom Robinson was accused of raping her, he was a dead man. Because the jury could not see the acts,only the charges of a black man raping a white woman, Tom was convicted and might as well have been dead. Boo Radley?s and Tom Robinson?s parts bring excitement to the novel. We see Boo Radley, a misunderstood man, return kindness even after the torment that Jem, Scout, and Dill have given him. Tom Robinson?s death showed that race has been, and most likely will always play a part in our justice system even though most people know it is wrong. It will be there whether they like it or not. In this book, two mockingbirds are shot and the reader gets to see how much of a sin it is.