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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Mockingbird Essay

The story To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee describes people as mockingbirds. Mockingbirds are peaceful, harmless, emotional, and always tries to make the world better. “’Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy’” (90). Atticus, Boo, and Tom Robinson are mockingbirds in their own ways.
Tom Robinson is one of the few mockingbirds in this story. All he wants is to brighten the world. Every time Mayella asks him to come inside and do some chores for her he will set aside his work to help her. Tom did this because he wants to make the world better by helping Mayella with her chores. He always did everything that Mayella asks him free of charge. “She give me the hatchet and I broke up the chiffarobe. She said, ’I reckon I’ll have to give you a nickel, won’t I?’ an’ I said, ‘No ma’am, there ain’t no charge’” (191). Tom did everything Mayella asks for free. He is a victim even though he did nothing wrong. Tom is kept in jail, because the Ewells accused him of raping Mayella. Bob Ewell said Tom did this so he would be looked up to as a hero, but he is proved a liar. He is shot and killed for doing nothing wrong. At the end Bob wins because of racism and Tom died for no reason.“Oh yes, the guards called to him to stop. They fired a few shots in the air, then to kill” (235). He escaped at exercising period and tried to climb over the fence, but ended up being shot. Tom is a mockingbird, because he is a victim and innocent.
Boo Radley is also a mockingbird in this story. He’s enduring and also peaceful. Boo decides to stay in his house and not come out for years. Boo knows outside, racism is still there that’s why he stayed inside instead. He also endured all those hurtful jokes about him that Miss Stephanie Crawford manages to come up with. Since Boo almost never came out, people started to make up stuff that they thought might have happened to him. “Maybe he died and they stuffed him up the chimney” (43). Scout told...


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