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Essay To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird Timed Essay “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, there is symbolism behind the title. Mockingbirds are portrayed as harmless and innocent which relates to several characters in the passage. Although there are many characters that can convey this symbolism, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson best fit the metaphor because they are the most misjudged characters throughout the novel, they have not shown or caused any harm to the people of Maycomb. The title, To Kill A Mockingbird, has a connection with the overall main idea of the plot. It carries a large amount of symbolism in the book. According to Miss Maudie, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… they don’t do one…show more content…
Tom Robinson is an innocent man, convicted for the rape of Mayella Ewell for being colored. Tom is not guilty of this crime but the jury was afraid to speak the truth since the society of Maycomb believes a white man’s word is stronger and contains more justice than a colored man’s. Tom Robinson has testified that he helped Mayella with her labor because of his generosity but when Mayella Ewell forces herself on Tom, he chooses to run away and not physically harm the Ewell’s in any way which allows the Ewell’s to use him as an escape during the court-case. Therefore, once Tom is killed, the truth is revealed. In the novel, Mr. Underwood submits a section about Tom Robinson’s death in the paper. In the passage, it states “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters.” Through this quote, Mr. Underwood is showing how the Ewell’s killed Tom’s innocence to the community. It proved that although the jury knew the truth, they decided to take the easy way out in order not to cause any conflict and offend the large population of Maycomb, the whites. In the process, they killed a mockingbird, one that caused no harm to anyone through his kindness and generosity, Tom Robinson. In summation, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson both convey the metaphor of the mockingbird best. They are both mockingbirds that lived without being affected by the rumors of Maycomb and the rules of
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