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by Harper Lee

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Which two characters symbolize the mockingbird? Why? To Kill a Mockingbird  

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To answer this question, you must first identify the qualities of the mockingbird as they're given in the novel.  When Jem gets an air-rifle for Christmas, Atticus explains to him that he may shoot as many bluejays as he wants but it's a sin to kill a mockingbird--the only time his father ever called any behavior a sin, Jem noted.

Miss Maudie goes on to explain:  "Mockingbirds don't do a thing but make music for us to enjoy.  They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us."

As applied to people, then, you must look for characters who are "targets" of people who want to "shoot" them, either literally or...

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chirstopher | Student

the two character that happens to be the victim and hence mocking birds are Arthur Radley(boo) and Tom Robinson.

both of them suffered for such mistakes which they never committed. first discussing Boo we can say that he never interacted with society, whatever the reason may be its secondary, but the foremost thing was that he never hurt anyone, never talks evil about someone but the society people did, although he wanted to friended with the kinds and helped whenever it was possible.,

then, as for Tom Robinson, he, homself never dared enter in to the Ewell's house, but Mayella's insisting took him there, but even then his intensions were merely of helping her out with thw sitting of fyrniture but the lonliness of Mayelle digressed her from the right path, thus resulting in seducind Tom and at the same time Bob Ewell rushed in and accused Tom, whereas, on the otherhand, the court did the same, that is, well-knowing of Tom's innonece yet sentencing him.