Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

A mockingbird is a unique type of bird that should never be harmed because all it does is make beautiful music. This special bird is the very symbol of innocence. Throughout Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many important individuals that represent a mockingbird. From the beginning to the end of the narrative we have characters that are the embodiment of the mockingbird because all they do is help others and they themselves get harmed in some way. However, there are some characters that epitomize the qualities of the bird more than others. These three particular people are Tom Robinson, Boo (Arthur) Radley and Jeremy Atticus Finch.
Tom Robinson is generally one of the first characters in the story that people think of
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Arthur “Boo” Radley was discriminated as the town clown. Inaccurate rumors that were not true, spread around the town of Maycomb. There was nasty gossip about him poisoning the nuts on the trees and mutilating animals and eating them raw. “Jem said Boo was six and a half feet tall, ate squirrels and cats, his teeth were yellow, and he drooled most of the time.” The children made a cruel game out of taunting Boo. When Jem was trying to lure him out of the house with a fishing pole, he was basically treating Boo like a zoo animal, making fun of him. We know that his parents locked him up and he had no connection with the outside world, which probably had some psychological effect on him. The townspeople of Maycomb made lies about him because they did not know him and they were afraid. When all these people are discriminating him, he is getting “shot” like a mockingbird. However even though the town spread awful stories about him and the children treat him like he’s an animal, he is deep down inside a kind person. We know this because there is evidence that says that Boo stitched up Jem’s pants because he didn’t want Jem to be in trouble. QUOTE ABOUT PANTS. He also put a blanket on Scout during Miss Maudie's fire when he noticed that she was cold. QUOTE ABT BLANKET. However, the most important thing he did was save Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. Even though he knew that he may be blamed for the murder of Bob Ewell

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