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  • Date Submitted: 08/12/2013 01:12 PM
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In life there are people who don’t bother anyone. These people have nothing negative to say and in our society they might be considered “Mockingbirds.” In Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, she presents the reader with multiple characters who act similar to “Mockingbirds.” Harper Lee portrays these people in the story when Atticus says [Modified] “Mockingbirds don’t do anything to bother us, they don’t nest in our gardens, they don’t eat our crops, all they do is sing their hearts out for us.” An example of a “Mockingbird” in the novel is Scout. She’s constantly getting in trouble from Miss Caroline for no reason. Atticus is another “Mockingbird.” He was trying to help Tom in the trial but he’s still getting punished by the town even though he’s trying to do the right thing. Miss Maudie, another “Mockingbird” is being bothered by the foot washer Baptists who disapprove of her way of life.
In Harper Lee’s novel I would consider Scout a “Mockingbird.” Throughout Scout is constantly trying to help others such as Dill and Miss Maudie. Scout helps Dill when she lets him hide under her bed and doesn’t tell Atticus. This portrays that Scout is able to step in another person’s shoes because she knew that Dill didn’t want to go back to the Meridian. Although this might have not been the best idea, she still showed she was able to empathise and help Dill. Scout also shows that she would be considered a “Mockingbird” when she goes with Jem to Miss Dubose’s house to read to her. Scout was afraid of Miss Dubose, as well as Jem, but still went with him even though she knew she didn’t have to.  
I would also consider Atticus a “Mockingbird.” In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus is appointed to defend Tom Robinson who was accused of raping Bob Ewell’s daughter Mayella.   Even though Atticus was busy at the time he still agreed to the job. After people heard about Atticus defending Tom they called him names and even formed a mob to “jump” Atticus. Yet...


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