Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee, Boo Radley And Tom Robinson

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Can you stand the sight of innocent people getting hurt everyday? In wars, bomb blasts, or even in local or personal issues. They are innocent people who do nothing but help us or they just don 't bother us, just like a mockingbird.…………………………. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson could both be the symbolic “mockingbird”. Boo Radley could be the symbolic “mockingbird”. For example, while debating with Atticus, Heck Tate exclaimed, "I never heard tell that it 's against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you 'll say it 's my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. Know what 'd happen then?... To my way …show more content…

So he is innocent, and again being the symbolic mockingbird. As a result, Boo Radley could be the symbolic “mockingbird” through the interaction and actions of the characters. On the other hand, Tom Robinson could also be the symbolic “mockingbird”. For instance, while examining Toms behavior, Scout realizes that, “Tom Robinson 's manners were as good as Atticus 's.” and say’s, “Until my father explained it to me later, I did not understand the subtlety of Tom 's predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run” (Lee 197) This belief indicates that Tom is a very polite gentleman who is innocent. Being a man of color, he ran that night as self defence, not because he did something wrong. He did not want to hurt Mayella, as the gentleman he is, but in such circumstances he was forced to do so. Therefore, during the trial, he does not claim that mayella is a liar, instead he says, “I say she’s mistaken in her mind”. (Lee 167) He is a gentleman and an innocent man who doesn 't mean any harm. Also, while explaining about Tom’s death, ‘They shot him,’ said Atticus. ‘He was running. It was during their exercise period. They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over. Right in front of them...”(Lee

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