In To Kill a Mockingbird, compare and contrast the characters of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.

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Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are both characters who can be connected to the symbol of the mockingbird. Mockingbirds don't hurt or pester anyone, which is why Atticus says it's a sin to shoot one. The theme behind this is that innocent people are like mockingbirds, especially those who are less fortunate than the majority. These innocent people should be allowed to live in peace just like mockingbirds should not be shot. However, this is not the case for these two men. Both Radley and Robinson are hounded by rumors, myths, and prejudices; consequently, they are treated with disrespect from the community. For example, Miss Stephanie Crawford spreads rumors that Boo Radley sneaks around town at night and looks into people's windows. Rather than minding their own business, or finding out the truth for themselves, people judge Boo Radley as a criminal or a boogieman.

Tom Robinson also has rumors spread about him by Bob Ewell. It's worse for Tom, though, because Bob Ewell not only ruins Tom's life...

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