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Mocking Birds Of Society Essay

684 words - 3 pages

Mockingbirds Of Society
In a person’s life there are many things that can’t be controlled and the thing that happens to every single person in their lifetime more than once is being judged by their appearances. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee compares the characters Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley as mockingbirds to show how they are judged by society. Tom Robinson, an African American man living in the Southern town of Maycomb during the time of Jim Crow laws, who is accused of raping a white woman. Even though Tom did not rape Mayella, he is surrounded by white superiors and is a litmus test for Maycomb’s racism. Boo Radley is a white man who has been locked up in his house by his father since he was a boy for getting into trouble with his friends. He has been judged by society because they think he turned into a complete monster while being locked up but his life is being ...view middle of the document...

Mayella, Mr. Ewells daughter, would always be outside doing her chores and speak to Tom as he passed. Mayella has tried offering a nickel for every time Tom helped with her chores, but Tom would always refuse and do the task for free.
A human being by natural instinct will believe anything they are told if they feel it is credible and if it was flawlessly spoken. Boo Radley’s life has been a made up game of telephone and sadly it has caused some of the citizens of maycomb to think he is a psychotic child. Within this game of telephone there are incumbents who will believe anything that the majority believes is correct. Tom Robinson is also affected by this matter on how the town believes he raped mayella because Mr. Ewell said so and in the south during these times, a white man’s words were more powerful than an African American’s at this time. There are many different factors that can cause one another to believe something is true or false.
Your standpoint in a social basis should never matter too greatly because it is not a requirement of survival. When becoming to be a social outcast like Boo and Tom, it is difficult to have a stand in society as normal even if they have done nothing wrong and it is something out of their control. Boo Radley has not come out for so many years people made up deranged rumors of him which caused the citizens of Maycomb to avoid him if he ever came out because they don’t know what he would do. Tom Robinson, being an African American in the most racist part of the United States, has absolutely no chance that an average white superior would believe him about anything he claims. White superiors treat Tom Robinson as if he is almost un human and would always speak to him as if he was nothing but soil of the ground.
Tom Robinson has mutual feelings towards Boo Radley, as if Lee purposely chosen these characters to be parallel in the story for a reason that i have come to understand now. Both of these characters experienced same hardships and perfectly depict Lee’s idea of being judged by one’s looks, which then gave birth to the famous quote “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird”.

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