To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How is Boo Radley a mockingbird? How is Boo Radley a mockingbird? How does pleasing the children with gifts make him a mockingbird? Also, what does saving have to do with being a mockingbird?  

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Boo Radley is a mockingbird because he is sweet and innocent even though he is misjudged by society. He is a gentle, caring man who loves the children. He is interpreted as a monster by some, but Jem and Scout never see that side of him. He showers the children with gifts and even saves their lives when they are attacked by Bob Ewell.


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As stated in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, no one should harm a mockingbird because all it does is sing and bring beauty in the lives of those it encounters. In one way, Boo is like a mockingbird. He would not harm you. He is a gentle, caring man who loves the children. He is interpreted as a monster by some, but Jem and Scout never see that side of him. He showers the children with gifts and even saves their lives when they are attacked by Bob Ewell. Jem and Scout only see Boo as a mockingbird who is innocent and giving.

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What makes him a mockingbird is that he is a victim of society's prejudice, but he is basically a sweet, gentle man.  He looks out for the children and leaves him gifts, and this speaks to his good heart.  He is also brave, and the children seem to make him more brave.

Thank you but i have one more question.

 

How is he a 'mockingbird' by saving Jem and Scout?

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