Tom Robinson's Crimes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Mockingbird named Tom Robinson “That’s why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (100) To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that revolves around America’s discriminatory problems in the 1930s. It is set in 1933-1935 in a fictional town in Alabama called Maycomb which is where a young man is tried for a crime that didn’t take place, the rape of a young woman. It is told from the view of three small children called Jem, Scout and Dill. It was published in 1960 by Harper Lee and won the Pulitzer prize the next year. In 2017, in total, it has sold at least 30,000,000 copies and has been translated in over 40 languages. In this novel, there are metaphorical ‘mockingbirds’ who are summed up by this quote: “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music…show more content…
This is supported by the quote: “I works in [ mr. Link Deas ] yard fall an' wintertime. I works pretty steady for him all year round." and “Yes, suh, I had to serve ‘cause I couldn’t pay the fine. Other fellow paid his’n.” Tom Robinson was arrested for disorderly conduct and was offered to pay a fine. He did not have the money for this so he served the time without any disturbances and takes responsibility. This means he is being a good member to society, without causing any trouble. He is working steadily all year around, even winter, and doesn’t cause any trouble. Similar to the description of a mockingbird, who make music for everyone to enjoy, but don’t do anything wrong. He works steadily, no breaks, fall and wintertime, all year. This does mean he is very hard working. Also, he didn’t cause any trouble during his time in jail. This can be compared to a mockingbird who don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t harm anybody, and helps you get through the day with a melodic tune in the morning, as said by miss Maudie. Tom is similar to a mockingbird in that way. Therefore, Tom Robinson is a mockingbird due to his work ethic and that he doesn’t cause any…show more content…
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. 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. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” It is a sin to kill a mockingbird. So, why was Tom Robinson targeted? The colour of his skin. The racism is prevalent in this book, and it highlights the severity of the racism in the 1930’s. This is important because it can be used in real life. Mockingbirds are all over the world, Nelson Mandela, Malala, etc. This can be used to help the real mockingbirds in the real world. So, use
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