Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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"Never make someone else suffer for the mistakes which you make. Be responsible and account for what you do." The Ewell family does exactly this to Tom Robinson, blaming him for a crime he does not commit, and getting away with it. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a story about the lives of people in the county of Maycomb in the 1930 's. Lee uses mockingbirds to symbolize innocence and purity, she explains that mockingbirds should not be killed, unlike other birds, because they do not cause destruction, they only sing for others ' enjoyment. Tom Robinson is an African-American man who gets accused of raping Mayella Ewell, by her and her father, Bob Ewell, who is a drunk. In court, the jury rules Tom guilty, only based on the fact that he is black, and the Ewells are white, however, Tom is, in fact, innocent and has done nothing wrong. Tom Robinson best represents the mockingbird in the text, because he symbolizes innocence by only wanting to help people, with no bad intentions. Tom Robinson symbolizes innocence because he will not hurt anyone, even when they are hurting him. Tom is called to the stand during his trial, and Atticus Finch, a lawyer, is questioning him. He asks Tom about what happened the night he supposedly "raped" Mayella Ewell. Mr. Finch asks, "Did you resist her advances?" and Tom answers, "Mr. Finch, I tried. I tried ‘thout bein ' ugly to her. I didn 't wanta be ugly, I didn 't wanta push her or nothin '." (260) The phrase "‘thout bein ' ugly"

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