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A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson who were both peaceful people who never did any harm To kill or harm them would be a sin Scouts father Atticus tells Scout and Jem Id rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard but I know youll go after birds Shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hitem but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbirdp69 The mockingbird symbolizes these two characters because it does not have its own song Whereas the blue jay is loud and obnoxious the mockingbird only sings other birds songs Therefore the mockingbird is seen through the other birds The people of Maycomb only knew Boo Radley and Tom Robinson by what others said about them Both of these characters do not really have their own song in a sense and therefore are characterized by other peoples viewpoints Boo Radley went through his life never wanting to hurt a fly He left gum pennies and wax dolls for Scout and Jem He sewed Jems pants and left them on the fence so he could get them easily He also saved Scouts and Jems lives while risking his own Boo was a fragile and gentle person Throughout the novel Scout Jem and Dill are curious about the mysterious Boo Radley because he never comes outside from his house or associates with anyone in the neighborhood The children are afraid of him because of all the stories they hear about him from the people in Maycomb For example Miss Stephanie tells the children that while Boo was sitting in the living room cutting a magazine he drove the scissors into his parents leg pulled them out wiped them on his pants and resumed his activities p11 After hearing stories like these the children consider him
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