Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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It is said that a mockingbird is a tiny black bird that sings for others peace and represents innocence and goodness. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are many characters that portray “mockingbirds”. The story takes place in a town called Maycomb in Alabama during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The most important mockingbird in the story is Tom Robinson, a kind African American man, who is imprisoned and killed by a racist community for a crime that he did not commit. One of the youngest characters that symbolize a mockingbird is Jean Louise Finch a white six-year-old girl, who unconditionally stops an angry mob from attacking Tom. Arthur Radley, a shy and innocent man who is shown has a mockingbird, since the beginning of the novel because he’s unfairly judged by a racist community for being accused of attempting to kill his father with a pair of scissors. Innocent characters, Tom, Scout, and Boo all share similar characteristics that symbolize a mockingbird.
Tom Robinson is one of the many characters that represent the mockingbird. Tom is an African-American man, who is accused of raping a white 19-year-old girl, Mayella. Tom always tries to do his best for others and be as helpful as he possibly can. During the trial Tom mentions he felt sorry for Mayella because she tried harder than the rest of the family did, which led him to help her with jobs she felt were difficult. When Mr. Gilmer says “Were you paid for your services?”…

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