What are some differences between Tom Robinson and Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird

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At first glance, the characters of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley could not be more different. Other than the fact that they are both men who live in Maycomb, there are differences of race, class, occupation, and amount of presence in the novel. It is worth considering, however, some ways in which they are similar. Both men are the type of person Atticus would refer to as a “mockingbird:" an innocent or good person who should not be harmed.

Tom Robinson is a tall, well-built African American man who grew up poor. He had to work from an early age and severely injured one arm in an accident with a cotton gin. This injury limited his employment prospects and, in time of the novel, Tom had primarily been working as a handyman and picking up odd jobs, including one with Mayella Ewell—a young white woman. He becomes Atticus’s client after Mayella and her father accuse him of raping her. At one point, Jem, Scout , and Dill help Tom while helping Atticus to defend him against a...

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