Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee illustrates that “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” throughout the novel by writing innocent characters that have been harmed by evil. Tom Robinson’s persecution is a symbol for the death of a mockingbird. The hunters shooting the bird would in this case be the Maycomb County folk. Lee sets the time in the story in the early 1950s, when the Great Depression was going on and there was poverty everywhere. The mindset of people back then was that black people were inferior to whites. There was still prejudice against innocent colored people, when they did no wrong. Tom Robinson was an innocent man who did nothing but help Mayella Ewell. When Atticus described the mockingbird as an animal that “don’t do one thing, but sing their hearts out for us,” it’s similar to Tom Robinson. He never accepted money from Mayella for doing her chores, but out of the kindness of his heart. Just like how a mockingbird does not sing for anyone but themselves. However, since Tom is black, the townspeople supported Mayella’s testimony over his. They thought with certainty that a black man raped a pure white woman, because it was in their nature. A mob attempted to intimidate Atticus out of the way in order to step inside Tom’s jail cell and kill him. The citizens’ symbolical “gun” was racism and criticism towards the case. After Tom was jailed, he tried to jump over the jail fence. However, the security guards shot him seventeen times before he

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