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To Kill A Mockingbird Boo Radley Analysis

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In the book, it's mentioned that mockingbirds are shot with no adequate reason because all they do is sing. Therefore, I think that the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird that represented a mockingbird were Tom Robinson and Boo Radley as they were both treated unfairly.
First, I think that Tom represents a mockingbird. Tom's right arm is handicapped, but the prejudice in Maycomb is probably a bigger constraint. He's a nice man who's constantly helping Mayella with house chores because she receives no help from her family and he doesn't even ask her to pay him. He's a father, married and does his own work without bothering anyone. Mr. Link Deas even specifies during the trial that “[t]hat boy's worked for me eight years an' I ain't had a speck o'trouble outa him. Not a speck.” (261) However, one day when he was helping Mayella, she made physical contact and kissed him. Even at that moment he doesn't want to push her away because he doesn't want to harm her. However, Bob Ewell witnesses the situation. He becomes furious, and takes advantage of Tom's vulnerability as a black to press charges against him for ‘raping’ his daughter Mayella.
Tom is simply a victim throughout this entire situation. He's being accused of what Mayella did to him because she and her father want to
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He takes a dangerous attempt to escape which required him to run through a field the size of a football and pass over a fence during daylight while armed security guards are observing. However, he most likely did it to purposely end his life. Even after his death, judgments about Tom due to his skin color continue. “To Maycomb, Tom's death was typical. Typical of a nigger to cut and run. Typical of a nigger's mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind first chance he saw.”(323) This demonstrates how people view it normal for black people to have a crazy behavioral response to the
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