Contrary To Mr Arthur Radley Character Analysis

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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. Therefore, there are a greater number of reasons why Tom Robinson is the mockingbird over Boo. The fitting roles that Harper Lee writes for each character easily makes this novel to be considered one of the finest pieces of literature in America. Tom Robinson is the mockingbird for being put on trial for doing no…show more content…
“Thomas Robinson reached around, ran his fingers under his left arm and lifted it. He guided his arm to the Bible and his rubber-like left hand sought contact with the black binding,” (Lee, 254). Tom Robinson is a cripple, and Mr. Underwood says it is a sin to kill cripples, just as it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, a quality that relates Tom to the mockingbird of the novel closer. Boo Radley is a mockingbird in the novel, but not the mockingbird of the title, for he never gets killed. Tom and Boo have not done any harm, and have done only good, however, the town of Maycomb kills Tom Robinson, and not Boo Radley. The two characters have the same title as mockingbird for their similarity of kind deeds, but only Tom Robinson is the mockingbird of the
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