What Does Boo Radley Represent In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author, Harper Lee, uses the mockingbird as a symbol to represent the ones who are innocent and only want to help others. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.”, As stated by Ms. Maudie in Chapter 10. They have no intent of harming anyone and are only here to entertain others. In the novel, there are several human representations of a mockingbird. The main goal of these individuals is to strive to help others in any way that they can. They have no interest in harming anyone or anything and only want to affect people in a positive manner. This book contains numerous people who can be referred to as mockingbirds, but two in particular stood out the greatest to me, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Boo Radley is an innocent man who always stays in the privacy of his home. As a child, he was confined in his house by his brother and father due to a mishap with the law. Consequently, Boo has become a reclusive man who now chooses to live secluded from the rest of society. As a result, people judge him and create horrible rumors to discriminate against him. People make up stories and myths to make him look like…show more content…
He is a hardworking man who offers help to anyone when in need. He does so without any desire to be rewarded in return. Being a black man that is disabled, he is constantly being discriminated against for his differences. He is always a victim of people’s misjudgments and unfair treatment. His generosity and willingness to help others was what eventually led him into trouble. When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
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