Atticus Finch once
said, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s
a sin to kill a mockingbird.” This informs you that mockingbirds are innocent
creatures as all they do is provide music to ones ears. In the book To Kill a
Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the story takes place in Maycomb Alabama, which
some of the characters are referred to as mockingbirds. The metaphor of a
mockingbird is compared to the characters of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.
represents a mockingbird as he was an innocent black man living in the 1830’s.
For example, Atticus Finch states, “In the secret court of men’s hears, Tom was
an innocent, kind man, who did nothing wrong but help to community. In
addition, Tom Robinson didn’t wait for an appeal because he knew he was going
to lose. This shows that racism during that time was very brutal. The jury
didn’t look at Tom at all. Furthermore Tom is also compared to a mockingbird
because he was good to others and did no harm. This shows that Tom does well to
Mayella when she asked him to chop up her chifferobe. This indicates that Tom
was willing to help Mayella without expecting a reward in return. Overall, Tom
Robinson represent a mockingbird as he was an innocent black man, who cause no
harm to others.
Boo Radley is
another symbol of a Mockingbird in the community of Maycomb. For instance,
rumors of Boo Radley spread it around town such as, “Boo was about 6 ½ feet
tall, judging from his tracks he dined on raw squirrels an any cats you could
catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained (13).” This explains that Boo was
an outsider to the community. He was almost like a myth or legend that everyone
told stories about. In addition, Mr. Heck Tate felt pity for Boo and decided to
cover up the story by saying that Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Furthermore, Boo
Radley can be viewed as mockingbird as he showed goodness to others. This shows
that Boo was affectionate and kind hearted. He saved the lives of Jem and Scout
Finch, who are the main characters in the book, from the antagonist Bob Ewell.
In conclusion Boo symbolized a mockingbird as he was good and kind to others.
A mockingbird is
represented in the characters of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Throughout the
novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley
both show innocence and affection towards others. Tom and Boo represents a metaphor
of a mockingbird as they were both kind-hearted and good to others. “And
remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”