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To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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Riley Cusack Mrs.Geronikolas ENG1D1-09 05/08/2014 Three Representations of Mockingbirds Mockingbirds are cheerful birds who mean no harm, and never do one thing but make beautiful music for all to hear. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, those who are innocent and harmless and never show hatefulness can be described as mockingbirds. According miss Maudie, mockingbirds are described as "...[those who] don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us"(Lee103). Harper Lee uses the fictional town of Maycomb to show how judgemental society can be. To Kill a Mockingbird is significant as a title because it becomes a symbol for the characters Tom Robinson, Jean Louise "scout" Finch and Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley. Tom Robinson can be perceived as a mockingbird because not only was he completely innocent, but he was arrested and ended up getting killed for no reason whatsoever, and all just because he felt bad for Mayella Ewell and wanted to help her. Tom was proven innocent in court by Atticus saying, "'The state has not produced one Iota of evidence that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place, it has relied instead upon the testimony of two witnesses whose evidence has not only been called into serious questioning [and] cross examination... the defendant is not guilty, but someone in this courtroom is'"(Lee215).Atticus conclusively proves that Tom is completely innocent and that the two witnesses, Mayella and Bob Ewell are using tom for their gain , as they use him to cover up things that they don't want society to know about. Secondly, Tom is Cusack 2 like a mocking bird because he decides to help Mayella with her chores expecting nothing in return. the reader realises this when Tom says "'... ... middle of paper ... ...t, judgemental and unreliable people in the Town of Maycomb. Conclusively, Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley can be seen as a mockingbird because He risks his life to save the children's lives, he means no harm and he just wants to give them things and help in any way he can. Boo also is like a mockingbird because of his choice to stay in his house for so many years to avoid the irrational racism society has to offer. So in summary, people can reflect the characteristics of mockingbirds as you can see in the analysis of the three charters Tom Robinson, Jean Louise "Scout" Finch and Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley. Tom showed the characteristics of innocence, empathy and selflessness, Scout showed immaturity, innocence and loyalty, and Boo showed kindness, innocence and heroism. Throughout this novel, Tom lost his life, Scout lost his innocence and Boo lot his sense of security.

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  • Explains that in harper lee's to kill a mockingbird, innocent and harmless birds mean no harm and make beautiful music for all to hear.
  • Explains that tom robinson can be perceived as a mockingbird because he was arrested and ended up getting killed for no reason whatsoever.
  • Analyzes how atticus proves that tom robinson is innocent and that mayella and bob ewell are using him to cover up things that they don't want society to know.
  • Analyzes how cusack 2 is like a mocking bird because he decides to help mayella with her chores expecting nothing in return.
  • Analyzes how jean louise "scout" finch, an eight-year-old girl at the beginning of the novel, could be described as a mocking bird because she never really intended to hurt anybody, yet was still loyal towards her family.
  • Concludes that jean louise "scout" finch symbolizes a mockingbird because of her immaturity, loyalty to her family and because she never meant any harm to anybody.
  • Explains that mr. arthur "boo" radley symbolises a mockingbird because he saves jem and scout from bob ewell, reaches out to the kids in generous ways and stays inside his house to avoid the injustice of the outside world.
  • Describes mr. boo radley as a horrifying monster who finds pleasure in stalking and killing innocent people, and ruining peoples gardens.
  • Analyzes how scout finally understands why boo has stayed inside his house for so many years, that it was actually a choice and that he just wants to avoid it.
  • Concludes that mr. arthur "boo" radley is a mockingbird because he risked his life to save the children's lives. he chose to stay in his house for years to avoid the irrational racism society has to offer.
  • Analyzes the characteristics of mockingbirds in the three charters tom robinson, jean louise "scout" finch and mr. arthur "boo" radley.
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