He even goes on to say how he looks like, "a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time." Even though Jem has never seen Boo Radley, he's convinced that Boo is this monster-like- person. Not to mention, what happened with Miss Stephanie Crawford, Jem retells the story that Miss Stephanie told him and Scout and says," she woke up in the middle of the night one time and saw him looking straight through the window at her.." Based on what people have said about Boo; Jem, Scout and Dill all believed it. They don’t realize that he's actually a good person because they're so convinced that he's a
Contrary to Mr. Arthur Radley, also known as Boo, being considered the mockingbird of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it is Mr. Tom Robinson who is the true mockingbird of the novel. Atticus Finch says to his children, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird,” (Lee, p. 98). Atticus tells his children this because a mockingbird does not do any harm to you, but the mockingbird brings songs and joys, consequently is a sin if one were to take it away. Tom Robinson fits the role as the mockingbird that Atticus provides for his children. With this symbolism of Tom Robinson and a mockingbird in place, the use of symbolism in the novel is a literary masterpiece, with compelling and accurate relationships between characters, animals, and symbols.
Near the end of the book, the mockingbird shows up again but this time to represent a certain person. “Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children…” -pg 241. The mockingbird indicates Tom Robinson’s innocence. It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird like it was a sin to kill Tom.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story about inequality, injustice and racism seen through the eyes of two innocent children, Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout live in Maycomb, Alabama and learn these sad lessons through their relationships with their father Atticus, their maid Calpurnia, their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of a terrible crime. Through their relationship with Boo and Tom, Jem and Scout learn about racism and inequality that changes how they see the world. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are two different people who share similar struggles with inequality throughout this story. Boo and Tom experience a form of racism and discrimination.
This scenario really showed Boo’s character and who he really is being a part of his community. In the story, it really shows that Boo is protective of the Finch children, especially during Miss Maudie’s house fire, when Arthur Radley approached the scene and left a blanket over Scout’s shoulder. After all, Arthur Radley really showed who he is and that he could take part in his community if he really wanted to, and that he also cares about the people in his community that also care about
“Do not judge my story by the chapter that you walked in on.” Nobody knows who wrote this quote however it is very good nonetheless. This quote shows that one should not judge another without first learning about their past and holds great significance in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird. More specifically this pertains to Boo Radley. Over the course of To Kill a Mocking Brid Boo is seen as a maniac but as the story progresses the readers view of him changes from a crazed psychopath to simply a misunderstood boy. In the beginning of the story Boo is seen as crazed psychopath who eats cats and spies on people at night.
Symbolically throughout To Kill a Mockingbird a mockingbird represents pure goodness and innocence, but that innocence dies when corrupted by evil. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, several characters are representative mockingbirds. Tom Robinson, a Negro client of Atticus Finch’s, who was accused
To emphasize this, Mr. Tate tells Atticus that Bob Ewell killed himself, and when Atticus asks Scout if she understands this, she says that ‘“it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird’”(318). In this case, Scout understands that Boo is gentle souled, and a mockingbird symbol; he represents innocence and goodness like a mockingbird does. Boo leads Jem and Scout to realize that one must be judged by actions rather than by
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel written from a child’s perspective over a couple of years. Atticus, her father, is a calm and morally courageous lawyer. When raising his children, both son and daughter, he tries to show them goodness in everything and especially to try to understand a person by seeing things from his or her perspective, “try to stand in the person’s shoes” to actually understand them. To see from the person’s perspective, you might understand their conscience, and that is, as he explains, individual. He teaches them what’s right and good, and when they get guns to shoot with he tells Jem that he can shoot as many bluejays he wants, but to remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.