Cassie, the narrator doesn't like him much and finds him quite irritating. We learn a lot about his character in the first chapter, TJ went to the Wallace store and blamed his brother Claude and Claude got whipped because of TJ. From this incident, TJ is shown to be a coward, Claude didn't defend himself as 'he was more afraid of TJ than of his mother'. Also he is shown to be quite evil when he laughs at Little Man when he gets his Sunday clothes dirty. Although TJ is mean and thoughtless, he also gives information about racial incidents.
The fact that everybody has been harming him emotionally, even though he has done nothing to deserve it, leaves Scout feeling sympathetic. Boo has been put out to be a crazy and horrible man for so long, the town doesn't recognize him as a human being anymore. Boo Radley represents a mockingbird because he has always been harmless and innocent, however, the town persecutes him, making him an undeserving victim of the town's injustice. Tom Robinson is an African American man who is accused of rape and is sentenced to many years i... ... middle of paper ... ...e doesn't yet understand the world's prejudiced attribute. The word 'any' is used to make the audience feel Jem's confidence, because he has so much faith, that he almost believes that it is impossible to lose this trial.
Negative Stereotyping in Maycomb “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (39) This quote from the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is falsely used by the people in Maycomb. In the book Boo Radley also known as Arthur Radley is described as the monster of Maycomb. After Tom Robinson, a African American that falsely accused for raping a white women, trail was over people can clearly see that Boo Radley is no monster, but a normal citizen of Maycomb. Another character in "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a man presented as the town "drunk". Dolphus Raymond has to potray something that he is not, because he has a African American girlfriend and children also.
Atticus Finch is the father of Scout and Jem, who is also a reputable lawyer in the town of Maycomb. Atticus is strongly suggested as a mockingbird by Harper Lee, because when Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson, he could not refuse due to the sake of his reputation and children. Unknowingly, the citizens of Maycomb started to get very angry with him for defending a black man. Children from Jem and Scout’s school also began criticizing Atticus. Their cruel statements not only describe to us that Atticus indeed is a “Mockingbird” but also displays to us that many citizens in Maycomb have los... ... middle of paper ... .... Boo Radley is the most Influential and important Mockingbird in this story.
These characters are representative of the author’s reoccurring symbol of the mockingbird, which signifies innocence, and subjects them to vulnerability. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, although innocent, fall victim to the hatred of society and thus emerge as mockingbirds. Tom Robinson, is black man, who is wrongfully accused of raping a white woman; while Boo Radley is believed to be a criminal because of the rumors the townspeople say about him. Because these men do not fall into the norm, their lives are greatly affected by the thoughts and opinions of the townspeople. The mockingbird is a powerful symbol that is repeatedly seen throughout the novel.
The ‘mockingbird’ represents various characters in the novel that are harmed one way or another, particularly by the judgmental, prejudiced ways of the Maycomb townsfolk. Throughout the course of the book, the innocence they once had is destroyed, figuratively ‘killing’ the mockingbirds. Tom Robinson is a quiet, respectful and hardworking man, but all of that is irrelevant - he is black. The second he was accused of rape, the all-white jury had pretty much made up their mind. Despite the overwhelming evidence indicating his innocence, a combination of the individual jury members’ prejudices and pressure from their community led them to reach the unfair and sadly unsurprising guilty verdict.
Discrimination is prevalent in the story “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the most obvious being the excessive amount of racism (Lee). Racism is the easiest to see but there are more forms of discrimination (Lee). Boo Radley is ostracized from the community when truly nobody really knows him (Lee). People discriminate Scout for being a tomboy not a lady (Lee). The last one that no one ever thinks about is how reverse racism is seen when people threaten Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in court (Lee).
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).
Scout complains to Jem, “I’ve been chewin’ it all afternoon and I ain’t dead yet, not even sick” (45). Jem is completely astonished when he discovers that Scout took the ... ... middle of paper ... ... newspaper editor, despises negroes yet supports Tom Robinson: “Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children…”(323). Even though it is obvious that Mr. Underwood does not like negroes, he writes about the injustice done upon Tom Robinson.
Because Atticus’s support for Tom Robinson, Atticus is always castigated, not only Atticus is judged, Jem and Scout are also reprimanded. Arthur Radley, a righteous, great human being who is also judged because of the false rumors that have spread like a disease, around the town of Maycomb. The rumors lead to a ghastly consequence of Arthur being quarantined in his home. Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Arthur Radley are those who are judged even when they are innocent, innocent mockingbirds. Miss.