’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” Essay, Research Paper
In this novel Aticus tells Jem and Scout that
?It?s a sin to kill a mockingbird.? This quote sums up
the heart of the book. A mockingbird is a harmless creature
that makes the world more pleasant with it?s songs.
The mockingbirds in the novel are Tom Robinson and Boo
Radley. Neither of them ever harmed or killed anybody in
their lives, to kill either of them would be a sin.
Boo Radley went through life never hurting a soul.
He left gum, pennies, and wax dolls for Jem and Scout. He
sewed Jem?s torn pants and left them folded on the fence so
Jem could retrieve them easily. Lastly, Boo saved Jem and
Scout?s lives while risking his own. This was probably the
biggest gift that Boo ever gave to Jem or Scout. Boo was a
very gentle person. To send him off to jail, taking away
his life, would be like killing a mockingbird because he
never harmed anyone or anything. Scout makes this point
when she says to Aticus, ?Well, it?d be sort of like
shootin? a mockingbird.?
Chopping wood and doing whatever he could do for Mayella
Ewell was the only crime that Tom Robinson committed. The
readers know that Tom is innocent, but at the same time they
know that he will be killed. Just like Boo Radley, Tom
never harmed a soul. Tom risked his own safety be helping
Mayella He helped her because he was a kind man who would do
just about anything to help another creature. When Tom
Robinson was convicted of raping Mayella Ewell, it was like
shooting down a mockingbird, because he didn?t, in anyway,
shape or form, harm Mayella. The moment that Tom Robinson
was accused of raping her, he was a dead man. Because the
jury could not see the acts,only the charges of a black man
raping a white woman, Tom was convicted and might as well
have been dead.
Boo Radley?s and Tom Robinson?s parts bring excitement to
the novel. We see Boo Radley, a misunderstood man, return
kindness even after the torment that Jem, Scout, and Dill
have given him. Tom Robinson?s death showed that race has
been, and most likely will always play a part in our justice
system even though most people know it is wrong. It will be
there whether they like it or not. In this book, two
mockingbirds are shot and the reader gets to see how much
of a sin it is.