In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what does Mr. Underwood do to confront society? To what does Mr. Underwood compare Tom Robinson? Chapter 25 To Kill a Mockingbird

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Mr. Underwood writes a very blunt and harsh editorial about the death of Tom Robinson in the paper. He compares Tom to a songbird, and compares his death to "the senseless slaughter of songbirds." Harper Lee uses this editorial to continue to develop her theme of the mockingbird, once again concentrating on how it is a sin to kill something innocent.

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Mr. Braxton Bragg Underwood writes a scathing, or severely critical, editorial that is printed after a short obituary on Tom Robinson in the Colored News section of The Maycomb Tribune.

In this editorial Mr. Underwood "confronts society" by intimating that Tom was not tried in the real courtroom in which Atticus Finch skillfully defended him. Instead, he was tried in what Scout terms "the secret court of men's hearts" where Atticus had no case. In other words, he was a convicted man before he even entered the courtroom because he was a black man accused of raping a white woman. This observation underscores what Tom himself suggested in the courtroom while he was on the witness stand. That is, he explained that he ran from the Ewells' house because he did not want to end up in court, implying that he would not fare well there with a jury of twelve white men.

The sharply critical tone of this editorial and Mr. Underwood's suggestion that Tom Robinson's death was comparable to the "senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children" indicates that Mr. Underwood feels that justice was not served.

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