Racism is also found in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book, Tom Robinson is on trial in 1930’s Alabama for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell and, in the end; found guilty, sent to jail, and ultimately killed. However, the reason he is found guitty is because the color of skin. Tom Robinson is innocent due to the character of Bob Ewell, the racism of the story and its setting, and the trail and its aftermath. The first feature of Tom’s innocence to examine is the character of the man who accused him, Bob Ewell.
The Symbol of Killing a Mockingbird The book To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, Shows many examples throughout the characters of the book that symbolize Mockingbirds and how. Tom Robinson, one of the symbols of a mockingbird, was a black man who was falsely accused of raping a young girl. Even though the defending evidence was much more factual than the evidence against him he was found guilty and shot 17 times. Another symbol of a Mockingbird is the character Arthur “Boo” Radley who was isolated in his house for most of his this but is still judged by the people of Maycomb.In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, the symbol of the Mockingbird represents how innocence can be misconstructed as being guilty. Harper
Restoration of Hope Imagine you were a black man living in the 20th century, and you were accused of raping a white girl. Because she is white and you are black, you are declared guilty and given the death penalty. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, a man of color named Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white girl. Atticus, the father of the main character Scout and her brother Jem, is selected to defend Tom from the death penalty and a crime he didn’t commit. Scout retells their story and eventually Tom’s death.
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
Innocent Injustice To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has many cases of characters who illustrate the qualities of a Mockingbird such as Tom Robinson, when he did a favor for Mayella, gets killed and when he is found guilty by a jury. Miss Maudie describes why the kids cannot shoot a Mockingbird by saying “They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us” (Lee 119). Mockingbirds do not take what does not belong to them, and Tom will not accept payment in return for favors. Therefore he helps Mayella out of the kindness of his heart. Scout recalls the message of Mr. Underwood’s article regarding Tom Robinson’s death as being “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter
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.
The author of To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee had wrote Atticus to say “...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). He said this to Scout and Jem because mockingbirds give nothing but music for the world to enjoy and it would be cruel and uncalled for to take their life. The reason Lee wrote this is because the story has a few metaphorical mockingbirds. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds because of their good deeds and pure hearts, such as the birds. Mr. Atticus Finch has been proven multiple times in the story that he is a good hearted gentleman that only wishes to do the right thing.
In the story, the innocents are destroyed by evil, the “mockingbird” comes to represent the idea of innocence. Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Such as when Atticus says “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (103). Another example could be when Boo stabs Bob Ewell to save Jem and Scout, which sheriff Tate decides to say that Mr.Ewell fell on the knife, so Boo won’t have to go to court. In which Scout says “Well, it’d be sort of shootin a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (317).
They don’t eat crops, build nests in the trees, they simply just sing “their hearts out”. Therefore it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, it’s innoscence is pure and only gives some beauty to life. The book’s theme is in fact this, innoscence of a mockingbird and the sin to kill it. The first example is Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a man among “ the coulored people” who was accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell.
The title of the book is To Kill a Mockingbird. The reason it’s called To Kill a Mockingbird is because Atticus says “It’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird”. A Mockingbird is best described as a bird that doesn’t hurt anyone, does not attempt to hurt anyone, sings for enjoyment, tires to help, and has nothing but innocence. There are many “Mockingbirds” in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The two characters that really stood out to me as the Mockingbirds were Atticus Finch and Calpurnia.