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Schools tend to have cliques small groups of narrow-minded people who criticize others These teens in cliques parallel adults in todays society They prey on those who believe in different things come from different backgrounds and have different morals and values In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee three characters Boo Radley Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch all resemble mockingbirds in that people persecute them for no reason The people of Maycomb County victimize the innocent Boo Radley His mysterious life interests the Finch children Jem and Scout and their friend Dill They imagine Boo as a drooling savage six-and-a-half foot beast with a long jagged scar on his face yellow teeth and bulging eyes They suspect that he peers into peoples windows at night to stalk them and he may try to kill them The real Boo however possesses a kind soul and a gentle heart He manages to find ways to communicate in a positive and playful way with Jem Scout and Dill but everyone suspects Boo of enigmatic crimes when once the town was terrorized andpeople still looked to the Radley Place unwilling to discard their initial suspicions 9 The townspeople do not give Boo a chance they rather make rash conclusions His seclusion from the town instantly opens him up to ridicule and gossip Scout learns to judge him and others by their actions not by the town gossip Tom Robinson a Negro represents another mockingbird He lives a life of simplicity beyond the town dump and attends the same church as the Finch family cook Calpurnia Tom regularly assists people in need especially Mayella Ewell but he finds himself punished for it Mayella a white woman accuses Tom of rape and abuse and her father Bob takes this matter to court and uses subterfuge in his testimony During the trial Link Deas Toms former employer announces That boy worked for me eight years an I aint had a speck
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