Tom Robinson and Boo Radley

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“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.” (Lee, pg 119). In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mocking Bird, the idea of mockingbirds are innocent people who are ravaged by evil. Two men share common lives dealing with utmost privation due to prejudice and inequitable judgements. The novel’s title is a metaphor for both men. However, one mocking bird is killed and the other is forced to kill. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley share many similarities and a few minor differences. A comparability between Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, which is also the main reason for their lives dealing with utmost privation is, they are harshly judged by society. Tom Robinson is harshly judged by society for his skin colour. For example, Cecil Jacobs says to Scout, “My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an’ that nigger oughta hang from the water-tank!” (Lee, pg 102). At that time, the majority of white people considered people with black skin colour outcasts and looked down upon them. Tom Robinson was also accused of rape by Bob Ewell. During trial Bob states “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella.” (Lee, pg 173). When individuals found out Atticus Finch was fighting Tom Robinsons case they shunned Atticus in society and embarrassed his family. Boo Radley was harshly judged in society because he was never seen outside his house. Due to that fact, people thought he was different than them and looked upon him as a bad person. They spread rumours about him. For instance , Jem gave a description of Boo Radley saying “…he dined on raw squirrels and any cat he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained - if you ate an animal raw you could never wash off the blood” (Lee, go 16). This description from Jem was due to the rumours he heard.... ... middle of paper ... ...s “ Which gentlemen , we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin.” Atticus compares the lie told to Tom’s skin colour, this states Tom is of a different race. Boo Radley however, is from the opposite race compared to Tom’s. For example , Jem gives a description of Boo “His face was as white as his hands” (pg 362).This states he is white. That is the difference between Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley share many similarities regardless of the fact one man is black and the other is white. They were both prejudged by society without anyone actually knowing them, what their personalities were and what they had to say. Their similarities and differences were shown throughout the novel in many different ways. Both the characters were the mockingbirds in Harper Lee’s novel . Despite their differences they lived very common lives.
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