What Symbols Harper Lee Uses in To Kill A Mockingbird Essay Example
Did you know that a mockingbird sings throughout the day and into the night? In our novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee a coming-age fiction book, we learned many things about symbolism. One important symbol throughout the story was a Mockingbird. A mockingbird represents innocence, kind, and peaceful type of person. In this story, there are many characters who represent a Mockingbird. The two characters I picked to represent a Mockingbird is Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.
In this essay, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley both show how they are a mockingbird. First example, the symbol of mockingbirds in our novel is that mockingbirds are examples of innocence and peace.“Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it."'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.
They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'" This famous quote tells about a mockingbird’s life and how they act. Another example is both Tom and Boo lived a simple life but they both got judged for living their life. “How could this be so, I wondered, as I read Mr. Underwood's editorial. Senseless killing—Tom had been given due process of law to the day of his death; he had been tried openly and convicted by twelve good men and true; my father had fought for him all the way. Then Mr. Underwood's meaning became clear: Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.” Although there is no quote about boo, this quote shows how people judged Tom from the minute they saw him.
How Tom Robinson showed his innocence in the book? The first example of how Tom Robison is a mockingbird is Tom was just a hard-working man who wanted to provide for his family. Tom helped people even if they didn’t pay him. Tom did this out of the kindness of his heart. All he did was tried to be nice and help people, but that ended with him being dead. "You're a mighty good fellow, it seems—did all this for not one penny?"."Yes, suh. I felt right, sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-”."You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?" Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling. The witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair. But the damage was done. Below us, nobody liked Tom Robinson's answer.
Mr. Gilmer paused a long time to let it sink in”. In this part of Tom’s trial, he messes up say he feels sorry for feel Mayella Ewell. If was already bad Tom was a black man, now he was accused of raping a white woman. After Tom’s statement everyone’s decision about him changed. All Tom did was try to help out people, but in the end, it didn’t work out. Another example of Tom is how he was killed even he was innocent. Throughout the story, there are examples of how people judged and make assumptions about you by just looking at you. In addition, how people talk about someone because of their skin color, race, religion, or etc.“The senseless slaughter of songbirds,” After Tom’s death, Mr.Underwood compares it to a mockingbird. At the beginning of the book, they said it was a sin to kill a mockingbird. So Mr.Underwood said it was, it was unfair to kill an innocent man.
Why did Boo Radley be secluded from everyone in the town? One example why Boo is a mockingbird is Boo Radley got involved with any drama in the town. All he did was stay in the house and was quiet."Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside." This quote shows why Boo just wanted a peaceful life and stay away from negative people. Boo just wanted to befriend people without hate. Jem says that Boo Radley didn’t stay in the house because he had if was that he wanted to. Second, Boo stays in the house, because he was scared of people and leaving. Boo also wanted to has friends but was scared of judgment."Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside." Scout understand why Boo always stayed in the house. Boo wanted to stay away from bad people and live a simple life
Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are two characters who I think best represent a mockingbird. In our novel, mostly all of the characters could be considered a mockingbird, but Boo Radley and Tom Robison both show how they’re a mockingbird. Throughout the story, you can see how Boo shows his peace and Tom proves his innocence.