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drugy | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted June 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM via web

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the mockingbird is a symbol of how wrong it is to destroy something or someone harmless , explain fully , show relevant refrence and charcters?

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amtheis | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM (Answer #1)

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The two characters that are most widely viewed as "mockingbirds" in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" are Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch.

Tom Robinson was only trying to help Mayella Ewell when he stopped at her house on the way home from work. Mayella asked for help inside the house, but then she kissed him. During this time period in the south, relationships between african americans and whites were socially frowned upon. Mayella accuses Tom of rape and ultimately Tom is found guilty. Tom did nothing wrong, but Mayella and her father Bob ruined Tom's life.

Atticus Finch is also a mockingbird. He is Maycomb's best lawyer and is assigned Tom Robinson's case. Atticus is a God fearing man who carries out his job to the best of his ability, no matter the case or circumstances. Because Atticus is defending Tom many members of the town treat he and his family poorly. Some examples of this are when Bob Ewell threatens his children and when the lynch mob goes to the jail.

 

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