In To Kill a Mockingbird, how are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley like mockingbirds? Give reasons besides their innocence.

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Besides resembling mockingbirds in their innocence, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are also like mockingbirds in that they do no harm to anyone. Despite wild rumors and legends saying that Boo once attacked his father with a pair of scissors, there's no evidence to substantiate such a serious allegation. It's fair to conclude, then, that Boo's never done any harm to anyone in his life, just like a mockingbird. That being the case, it's deeply sinful for the people of Maycomb to treat him like a boogie-man or scary monster.

The same applies to Tom. He's entirely innocent of the charges that have been leveled against him. He neither raped nor assaulted Mayella Ewell. In fact, he took pity on her, treating her with kindness and consideration. But according to the warped values shared by most people in Maycomb, this was completely unacceptable behavior; they did not consider it right and proper for someone from a supposedly inferior race to take pity on their racial "superiors." This turns the...

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