What Does Boo Radley Symbolize In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The author use the mockingbird symbolism such as innocence and peacefulness to reveal characteristics about various characters in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Many characters in this novel show the meaning of a mockingbird, but there are some in which their actions and characteristics makes them stand out more.In the novel they state that killing a mockingbird its a sin because all they want to is be happy and sing for everyone can here. That is why kids are allowed to kill blue jays or shoot at cans. Anyone who shoots a mockingbird is committing a sin. In To Kill a Mockingbird the author Harper Lee uses Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch to reveal the meaning of the symbolism of a mockingbird. Boo Radley is a sweet, gentle…show more content…
Mayella is raising her brothers and sisters on her own and is abused by her father, Bob Ewell. Her loneliness leads her to seek out affection wherever she can, and unfortunately, she decides to pick on Tom Robinson. Tom was an innocent man who was falsely accused by Mayella Ewell of rape and abuse. In the novel they said that tom was trying to escape prison and so they shot him, but we all know that they killed him because he was a black man. For example, when Scout says what Mr.underwood said, “Mr.Underwood didn't talk about miscarriages of justice , he was writing so children could understand. Mr.Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting or escaping”(ch25,pg239). This quote is saying how the mistreatment of Tom and his eventual killing is a sin committed by the racist values of southern people. Also, Tom Robinson was a good husband, father, church goer, worker, citizen, and person. That is why in the novel they said “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children”(ch25,pg240). This quote was saying how Tom Robinson was like a mockingbird who all he wanted was a peaceful life and
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