To Kill A Mockingbird 5


Certain uncanny resemblance’s between Tom Robinson and Boo Radley’s lives exist in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. In this novel, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson both symbolize the mockingbird. A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant with it’s song. Both Boo and Tom were peaceful people who never did any harm.
The first parallel in the lives of Tom and Boo focuses on their property. Tom lives in the “nigger nest” (175) near Mr. Ewell but outside of the city limits. A person’s status often relates to his property, and the interpretation of that property’s value is often
based on the tenants of the land. The ...

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evil. Society characterizes
both of these misunderstood people as amoral and threatening. Therefore, no one wants to go on the land they own, because their values and lives could be risked by simply being near such a type of person.

Another similarity of their lives exists because most people assume their guilt. Without any evidence or reliable knowledge of the situation, Jem, Scout, and Dill assume the stories of Boo attacking his father are true. They do not ask their father if the story
ever happened or ask the sheriff, who was supposedly involved. They simply assume his guilt.

Tom Robinson’s trial is another travesty of justice. For most of Maycomb county, his guilt never comes into question during the trial. Atticus says that the trial had, “an inevitable verdict.” (222) The mob that wanted to lynch Tom also assumed his guilt.
They do not wait until he can have his day in court, they want to execute the punishment they deem acceptable. In ...

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