How Does Lee Show Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a controversial novel about rumors and innocence, which Lee shows through Arthur “Boo” Radley with his poor image, when he puts a blanket on Scout’s shoulders to keep her warm, and when he gives presents to Jem and Scout and later saves them. For example, Lee shows that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird using Boo’s image and how he is a worthy person with a poor image given to him based on rumors from other people’s opinions, just like a mockingbird, Boo is innocent. Scout states: “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch. That’s why his hands were always bloodstained-if you ate an…show more content…
Finally, Boo shows characteristics of a mockingbird by leaving Scout and Jem presents in the tree, mending Jem’s pants after they ripped, and even kills Bob Ewell to save Scout and Jem. Resembling a mockingbird, all Boo does is contribute to others, he never arms them. Scout says: “Mr.Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that. That’s right, Sir. I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm. He had to stoop a little to accommodate me, but if Miss Stephanie Crawford was watching from her upstairs window, she would see Arthur Radley escorting me down the sidewalk, as a gentleman would do.” (Lee 372.) This clearly demonstrates the theme by the kindness and innocence he shows when he asks Scout to walk him home. Scout finally sees Boo as more than a person, but a mockingbird, when she calls him “Mr. Arthur” and “Sir.” As shown, To Kill A Mockingbird develops the character Boo as a metaphor for a Mockingbird using how his image is based on lies and rumors, his caring heart when he puts a blanket around Scout’s shoulders, and his kind heart when he leaves presents for Jem and Scout and saves them from Bob
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