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by Harper Lee

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What is the significance of Tom Robinson in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and how does it connect to theme of racism?

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In both the 1960 novel [by Harper Lee] and the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird , Tom Robinson becomes the essential “mockingbird” of the title, the mockingbird being a common and harmless creature which adds beauty to its environment and which is not considered a food source as are many other birds. A literal mockingbird contributes beauty to all who hear its music, embellishing the Southern summer days with sweet and varied songs; Tom Robinson, a poor black field hand, contributes a different sort of beauty through his kindness to, and pity for, the lonely and abused white woman who later...

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