Symbolism In Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird'
Despite his impairment, he was a fine specimen of man" (p. 257). He looks like "soft black velvet" (p. 257). Whenever someone needed help, even if it was a Ewell, he was "glad to do it" (p. 256) with "no charge" (p. 255). He always tried to compliment people, and make them feel good about themselves. When accused of hurting someone, he honestly states "I wouldn't do that" (p. 257). But despite his clear honesty, he is still convicted. Eventually, he runs, knowing no matter what he does, he will always be looked down upon. Because of this, he is killed. Tom was innocent, and only did kind deeds for his community, like a mockingbird's song. But, he is killed, like a helpless mockingbird. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson both helped their communities, but were frowned upon because of their looks and ways of living. If they had been 'normal' they would have been heroes of Macomb, but they were different, so they were not. The both "sang their hearts out" (p. 119) for their community, like a mockingbird, but were somehow punished for