Mockingbird Metaphors

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In Harper Lee 's legendary novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the underlying theme is to find our metaphorical 'mockingbirds ' throughout the story and who they represent. In her words, "Mockingbirds don 't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... they don 't do one thing but sing their hearts our for us" (Lee 90). She describes three people in particular who fit into this category, Atticus Finch, father of the story 's narrator, Scout, and her brother Jem. Next, Tom Robinson, a black man accused of an unspeakable crime he didn 't commit. Then finally Arthur "Boo" Radley, a man who has been holed up in his home for years and has a gentle hearted fascination with the Finch children. These characters all went through hard trials before, or are …show more content…
Father of several young children, husband to Helen Robinson, and a sturdy worker for Link Deas who states quite loudly in the courtroom, "That boy 's worked for me eight years an ' I ain 't had a speck o 'trouble outa him. Not a speck" (Lee 195), Tom 's song in To Kill a Mockingbird may be the loudest of the three, the most hauntingly beautiful and heart wrenching. Tom was known by many to lend a hand, the only one he had, to stop whatever he was doing whether you be black or white, "Were you paid for your services?" "No suh... I was glad to do it" (Lee 193). Tom was a gentle soul in a harsh world of segregation and a deep bred bigotry. He knew from the start he also wouldn 't win the case, knew it would be impossible for "...A nigger like me..."(Lee 195) to ever be given a fair trial even though Atticus did everything in his power. Tom lived in a county much like many others in the south, the blacks being subjegated and trodden over, not even considered human beings in some areas. He still kept his spirits up, still worked hard enough to provide for his family with one arm and was helping Miss Mayella out of the pureness of his heart and not some malicious intent. Mr. Robinson did not deserve his ending trying to escape the prison yard, and Mr. Underwood, the town newspaper author and editor, even says …show more content…
Atticus who defended a hopeless case, Tom who was punished for being kind, and Boo who risked his life to save two children he had never spoken to before. They are all mockingbirds in their own aspects and in the end Scout realized, "... when they finally saw him, why he hadn 't done any of those things . . . Atticus, he was real nice. . . ." (Lee 281). She realized why it is a sin to kill a

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