Character Analysis: The Ones Who Were Misunderstood

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The Ones Who Were Misunderstood

People are often judged on what one sees and the whispers they hear. Very few people take the time to understand the misunderstood. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the author uses metaphors to give a simple phrase a deeper meaning. The title of the novel is a metaphor to show the innocence of the characters in this novel. A mockingbird never does anything wrong, they are calm souls, all they do is sing. The author describes the characters Tom Robinson and Boo Radley in negative ways. Most of the other characters in this story think these two men are criminals, crazy, and something to be ashamed of. Therefore showing that Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are a representation of the mockingbird.
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He's only done good yet, he is judged by the whole town, people call him crazy and make up rumors about him. “Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook… As Mr.Radley passed by, Boo drove scissor into his parents leg…” The children in the novel believe that Boo is a monster, they often made stories up about him to scare other children. Boo is unseen by everyone, his parents only allow him to go outside at night because they are embarrassed. He has the mental state of a seven year old. Boo tries to have as many interactions with Jem and Scout as he can. Scout says, “We found gum and change in the cut hole of the tree…” Boo wants to be friends with Jem and Scout. After the Tom Robinson case Mayella's father attacks Jem and Scout to get back at their father, Boo helps them and ends up saving them.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the title is used as a metaphor for the purest hearts that were taken for granted. The mockingbird represents purity and kindness, Boo and Tom are mockingbirds. A mockingbird never does anything wrong and they are completely harmless. Tom and Boo are misunderstood by society and no one took the time to get to know them. Toms innocence, and Boos pure heart show that they are a perfect symbol for the
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