Tkam Essay

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Centre Hastings Secondary School

TKAM Mockingbird Symbol Essay

Submitted by: Denver Jones
Submitted to: Mr. Rogers
Course Code: ENG 2D1
Date: April 30th, 2012

A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant by doing nothing but sing to us and doing no harm to anyone. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Scout and Jem, and Mayella Ewell, who were all peaceful people who never did any harm. To kill or harm them would be a sin. Scout's father, Atticus, tells Scout and Jem, "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a
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To the people of Maycomb, Tom Robinson is just a “sorry negro”, who comitted an unthinkable crime. Also like Boo Radley, Tom was known by what the people of Maycomb had to say about him. After Tom was accused of rape, a lot of people consider him an evil human being. During the trial while Bob Ewell testifies, he points to Tom and says, “I seen that black negro yonder ruttin' on my Mayella.” (Lee 73). According to Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson was a monster who violently raped and beat his beloved daughter, Mayella. As the trial moves on, Tom is continued to be portrayed in this manner because of the racist mentality of the people of Maycomb County. Even though there is a heavy amount of proof that shows Tom Robinson did not commit the crime of raping or beating Mayella, Tom is a black man who is denied of justice. Atticus reminds Jem of this idea when he says, “in our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man's always wins.” (Lee 220). Generally, this was the mentality of most Americans at the time. Tom Robinson was a very kind, peaceful, and innocent man. But no one ever considered it because of the colour of his skin.

“They don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 90). This very well describes the personalities of Scout and Jem Finch, they do not do anything to hurt

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