We hear it all the time. It has been said and heard everywhere; this thing is known by many and yet still abused, for it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Mockingbirds only sing for the enjoyment of others therefore it is a sin to kill them for they have done nothing to anybody yet have only made beautiful music. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird (TKM) by Harper Lee Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically mockingbirds because they all were falsely accused of doing the right thing at the wrong time. Atticus Finch is a kind man that stands up for what is right, Tom Robinson is an innocent and caring black man who is just trying to help, and Boo Radley is a man who has been persecuted for past mistakes and has
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. . Atticus didn’t bat an eye just took out his handkerchief and wiped his face and stood there and let Mr. Ewell call him names. . .” and after that ordeal, Atticus “. . . put his hands in his pockets and strolled on” (Lee, 217). One quote Atticus said quite often is ““You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. . . Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” (Lee, 30). What Atticus is saying through this quote is that you cannot be so quick to judge a person without knowing what they are feeling. Atticus would not just say this without acting upon his own advice proving that he is a very trustworthy man just trying to do the right thing, which was to help others out.
Tom Robinson a black man who has done the right thing yet at the wrong time. Tom Robinson was accused of rape against a white girl, Mayella Ewell, and through this, he was convicted and because of the color of his skin and the screams of Mayella, they assumed that Tom was guilty. When Tom passed by Mayella’s house, Mayella said that, she was in need of assistance and Tom then went in to help her. The judge then questioned Tom why he helped her and Tom’s response was, “. . . I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of’ em” (Lee, 197) In Tom’s defense this was the right and true thing to say yet at the wrong time to do so. Boo Radley a kind soul yet has been persecuted for his past mistakes. “Boo” is