Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM hereafter), Scout has learned many lessons in her journey from being a naive child to a mature person. But the most important lesson she learns is that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Throughout the novel, Scout encounters many characters that are symbolised as a mockingbird, whose innocence has been destroyed by evil. Such characters are Tom Robinson, who gets falsely accused in court, ‘Boo’ Arthur Radley, who was misjudged throughout the book, and lastly the children, who were forced to leave their childhood naivety behind and face the evil and harsh world.
Tom Robinson was the most evident mockingbird in this novel, getting accused of a crime that he never committed. He got sentenced to jail on the sole basis that he was black, in spite of Atticus’s efforts to prove him innocent. After the trial, Scout realises that “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed” (254). Maycomb was very discriminatory and racist against black people, an evident fact of the time period. Tom Robinson was a black man, accused of raping a white woman. Scout sees that and realises later on that no matter how much her father tried to save him, he would be sentenced regardless of his innocence, just because his skin color was black. When Tom was accused of rape, the people of Maycomb started viewing him as an evil person. Earlier in the book, Atticus says to Scout, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em,…

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