Tom Robinson is portrayed by a Mockingbird because Mockingbirds do not harm others, they only sing for us. Tom is wrongly accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, when in actuality he is a helpful, hardworking, and honest man who was helping Mayella with her chores around the house. Tom Robinson does not hurt Mayella Ewell in any way but he does dare to feel sorry for her because of her loneliness and financial state which is why he was willing to help her around the house. Tom Robinson’s pity on Mayella Ewell is seen as unfathomable and is not accepted by the court. As shown on page 197, ”’Mr.
“ Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat uppeople’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Tom Robinson, a minor yet importantcharacter, is indirectly described as a mockingbird throughout the whole book, since he waskilled for entertainment purposes and not because of the crime he was guilty of, when he wastruly innocent. He did not do one thing but be honest, but his skin color made the people thinkotherwise (Gladwell). The book takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the early 1930s, the yearsof the Great Depression, and tension between races was unbelievably especially in the southernstates (Cliffsnotes).
However with Atticus’s guidance we start to see the improvement in Scouts ability to “walk in peoples shoes.” Later Scout starts to empathize with Boo Radley. Once described as a “malevolent phantom”(9) who's property was never dared to be stepped on, is now the friendly neighbor who has gifted them little trinkets. "I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley - what reasonable recluse wants children peeping through his shutters, delivering greetings on the end of a fishing-pole, wandering in his collards Pelteku 3 at night”(278)? Empathizing with Boo Radley is where we could successfully compare her
Jem and Scout were walking home from the halloween party when Jem said “Hush a minute, Scout” (Lee 263) because he he heard something. After walking for a bit longer and hearing weird noises off and on they hear someone running at them, that someone was Bob Ewell and Jem yells “Run, Scout! Run! Run!” (Lee 265) once he said that he felt chicken wire wrap around him then he fell and rolled away then got up and ran as fast as he could towards Jems scream until he ran into someone that wrapped their arms around him. Once he almost squeezed all the air out of him he was flung back onto the ground.
On one normal day during the summertime, Atticus had to show off some of his skills, which took the children aback; he shot a dog in one try. Jem was speechless; after several attempts to work up the courage to ask his dad what had just happened, Heck Tate started to ask, “‘Didn’t you know your Daddy’s-’” “‘Hush, Heck’” Atticus had politely stopped Heck from finishing his sentence (Lee 128). This shows Atticus values modesty because he cut off Heck before he could go on talking about his unfair advantage over nature, his shooting skills. In fact, Atticus is so modest, he did not even want somebody else gloating over his skills, even to his own children. Another character who values modesty is Miss Maudie Atkinson, their neighbor across the street.
Like when he said “We dropped the last of the kids out as the front of the church started to crumble.”(p.93) Pony saved the children from curtain death which it states in that quote. He also stayed with his friend, Johnny, even when his friend was sick and almost dead. Pony went into Johnny's hospital room to visit him. “We went in practically on tiptoe”(p119) states Pony when he wanted to visit Johnny with respect for his needs
He was an outsider and no one really thought much about him, except to gossip, but Boo turned out to be so much more. “His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. “Hey, Boo.” I said”(Lee 362). And so, when everyone thought of Boo as no more than a crazy eccentric, maybe even a monster, one little girl saw the real Arthur. Just a nice but shy man.
Atticus Finch is treated poorly for the choices he made because he wanted to help other people. Despite the racism in the town, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a Black man accused of raping a White women in the segregated south. “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man.
Boo made it eminent to the kids that he had all along been watching out `for them when he runs out and saves their lives; returning Jem home safely as well as Scout in the process. Finally in chapter 31 when Atticus and Heck Tate are outside talking and Scout and Boo are in the room with Jem; Scout makes a point to allow Boo to touch Jem’s head and get close to him. “You can pet him, Mr.Arthur, he’s asleep. You couldn’t if he was awake, though, he wouldn’t let you… Go on, sir, he’s asleep.” (Lee 372) This quote shows the prominence between how Scout was able to allow Boo into their lives so quickly knowing he overall was a good
Dolphus Raymond, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley are all blameless people that are harmed and or judged based on factors that are misunderstood by others. It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, innocent creatures that are only trying to bring joy to the town, but people do not understand what they had done until it