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To Kill a Mockingbird, Three Representations of Mockingbirds in the No

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 09:04 AM
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A mockingbird is a sort of bird which sings songs that are beautiful and pleasing to the world, but this bird never hurts anyone. It only makes beautiful music for everyone, never doing any harm. In the novel, the mockingbird serves as a symbol for the people who do good deeds and are hurt by people or society in some way or another.   There are three characters in this novel that symbolize this peaceful, innocent, beautiful creature; these characters are Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Scout.

The peace, tranquility, innocence, and role as a father make Atticus one of the most significant mockingbirds in this novel.   Hostility has never been an issue for Atticus; he is always kind and loving to everyone. One example of this is his defense of Tom Robinson in court, even though he knew that he would lose.   Atticus Finch’s overwhelming kindness is also expressed in his kindness to the Cunningham’s; accepting the youngest Cunningham for dinner and accepting crops and food goods as payment to debt owed by Mr. Cunningham.   Not all people in this cruel, unjust world will do such a thing as to accept crops as payment for a monetary debt; Atticus Finch is not an ordinary man.   He is destroyed internally by the unjust verdict of Tom Robinson’s case; all of the evidence and arguments on Atticus’s part would have proven him innocent in a just court of law, but the guilty verdict shows racial slander and injustice solely on the colour of Tom’s skin. This loving, tranquil man is also hurt internally when Tom is shot seventeen times and killed trying to escape the prison; a more just consequence could have been administered rather than shooting him seventeen times.   Without Atticus Finch in this novel, the obvious theme of racial prejudice would not be as effective.

Tom Robinson, through his actions, peacefulness, and innocence, is without a doubt one of the best representations of a mockingbird in this novel.   He is always doing good deeds for everyone, never charging a...


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