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References to the title in Harper Lees novel To Kill a Mocking Bird suggest that both Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are mockingbirds The reader is led to understand that the term suggests an innocent harmless creature that should not be made to suffer Both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson fit such characteristics Just like a mockingbird doesnt do anything but sing both Tom Robinson and Boo Radley just help people out never doing anyone any harm However they are still punished by society in one way or another Killing a mockingbird is considered a sin so one can say that Maycomb sins by inflicting injustice upon Tom Robinson and Boo Radley Tom Robinson never means to harm anyone or commit any kind of crime In fact he sometimes even helps people out On page 191 Atticus asks him during the trial whether he was paid for helping Mayella Ewell he answers No suh I was glad to do it Mr Ewell didnt seem to help her none Yet when Mayella tries to seduce him and is caught in the act she brings everything down on Tom Robinson to hide her guilt Because of Maycombs mostly racist society Tom Robinson looses his trial because he is black In a sense a connection can be drawn between Tom and a mocking bird A mocking bird never causes anyone harm just sings for all to hear just like Tom Robinson never tries to hurt anyone and sometimes even helps people out Mayella along with the rest of Maycombs society commits a sin by killing someone who never doesnt do anything wrong Boo Radley also has the unfortunate luck of being a mockingbird that is the victim of prejudice Boo never helped anyone as openly as Tom Robinson did but just like Tom he never causes anyone problems either All Boo does is stay quietly in his house never emerging However just that is enough to arouse
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