Essay on Kill A Mockingbird : Similar Creatures

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To Kill a Mockingbird: Similar Creatures

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us” (103). This quote from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird refers to the notion that mockingbirds are harmless creatures, they do nothing but sing and bring happiness to the world. Although mockingbirds are harmless and benevolent they are still susceptible to a hunter’s gun. This is also the case with Boo Radley and more directly, Tom Robinson. These two men can both be seen as symbolic mockingbirds through their innocence, kindness and vulnerability.

Tom Robinson and Boo Radley never had any intentions to do anything wrong. They have both been victims of Maycomb’s fabulists and have been characterized as “dangerous to live around” (199) and a “malevolent phantom” (9). But these are merely lies. There is no telling where the stories end and the truth begins. It was said that Boo Radley had stabbed his father with a pair of scissors when he was a child, but it is more likely that ignorance and fear led to this kind of gossip and scorn. This is the same for Tom when Bob and Mayella Ewell perjured themselves as they testified that he was in fact the one who raped Mayella. It is known that Tom Robinson was an innocent man due to the evidence and presentation of his case. The only thing that made him seem guilty was the colour of his skin. Tom and Boo are…

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