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The title To Kill a Mockingbird is very significant to the theme of this novel Atticus explains to his children Mockingbirds dont do one thing but make music for us to enjoy They dont eat up peoples gardens they dont nest in corncribs they dont do one thing but sing their hearts out for us Thats why its a sin to kill a mockingbird90 The word mockingbird can also be used to signify someone who does no harm to anyone There are a few people in this novel that can be called Mockingbirds One person that can be called a mockingbird is Tom Robinson Tom is a young African American man who did nothing but try to help a young white woman by the name Mayella Ewell Mayella had been attracted to Tom and she acted on her emotions by kissing him Mr Ewell saw his daughter Mayella do this and beat her for it Mayella and her father claimed her bruises were from Tom and took Tom to court to have him prosecuted for a crime he did not commit While defending Tom Robinson in court Atticus asked Mayella What did your father see in the window the crime of rape or the best defense to it 187 Because Tom was a black man the jury did not believe his side of the story Tom figured that his only chance for survival was to try to escape He was shot and killed by the police officers that chased after him Although Mayella Ewell lied while under oath in court against an innocent man she can also be called a mockingbird Mayellas only mistake was being attracted to a black man in an extremely racist community Mayella was brutally beaten by her racist father after he saw her through a window kissing Tom Robinson When Mr Ewell saw them together he yelled out You goddamn whore Ill kill ya194 She was forced by her father
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