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In the novel, Atticus tells Jem not to use his air rifle to kill mockingbirds because they make music and are not destructive or harmful in any way. Thus the mockingbird is established as a creature of innocence and one that enriches the world because of its basic nature and the fact of its existance. This is an important motif in the novel that culminates when Scout draws a parallel between Boo Radley and the mockingbirds that Atticus had told Jem to respect.
Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and the children themselves are all mockingbirds. They are all innocent of wrongdoing, and all of them are basically gentle and loving souls. They are not agents of destruction in the novel. Boo saves the children's lives, Tom tried to help Mayella Ewell out of compassion for her, and the children reject cruelty when they encounter it. Boo and the children do not die in the novel, but Tom is killed by some guards in prison where he has been confined for a crime he did not commit.
Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. They are mockingbirds because both of the men stated are innocent and society is forced to view them differently because of false perceptions. Boo Radley has started to be viewed as an isolated man who may be a myth to the little kids when in fact he is simply impacted by how society views him. Robinson also has similar problems because he is African and the society back then believed more about racism and both characters were cast in a wrong light while they were innocent.
Who are the Mockingbirds?
Who/what are the mockingbirds of the novel? Name at least two.
Why are these characters/things the mockingbirds of the novel?
How were they/it killed?
Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are the mockingbirds of the novel.
Tom robinson, boo radley, and mayella ewell are all obvious choices. Tom did nothing wrong but was sentenced to death, people made up rumors about boo and he was forced to stay in his house for many years, and mayella was forced into testifying against tom by her father
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