Defenseless Scapegoats In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The best victims are always defenseless scapegoats. Demonstrating the innocence and downfall of a mockingbird in the novel and generating the title, To Kill a Mockingbird, is Tom Robinson. The mockingbird metaphor represents a lack of justice for the defenseless, or harming the innocent. As a result of stereotyping and discrimination, people are still killing mockingbirds today, specifically people from the Middle East. The author calls this novel To Kill a Mockingbird because people knowingly prey upon the innocent, groups of mockingbirds exist in the past as well as the present.
During his first night at the Maycomb County jail a gang of racists comes to lynch him, his only defense being Atticus and a group of three children. This so call vigilante gang
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The men consider him subhuman, a group of regular men willing to commit murder over race and hatred, knowing the public will find their actions to be just. A child’s voice and emotion end the conflict. Stopping these men is Scout, not the mockingbird. A mockingbird is defenseless, society forces mockingbirds to rely on others for protection. Tom Robinson sinks deeper into peril because is a victim of negative pretenses and stereotyping. Made out to be a brute and criminal by stereotypes, Tom is a victim of mass hatred around Maycomb. Scout’s description of his voice and tone on page 206 suggests otherwise, “a soft, husky voice came from the darkness above: ‘They gone?’” (Lee, 1960). Stereotypes surround Tom, his voice even takes Scout aback because it is unexpectedly quiet, normal. Enabling an effort to take Tom from the jail and lynch him is social injustice and imbalance of power, a child is stronger the soft, distant voice of the mockingbird.
People in To Kill a Mockingbird victimize the weak Tom Robinson, in today’s society the Mockingbirds are people from the Middle East. The vast majority of people are Islamophobic, creating a

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