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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD The Mockingbird has a very deep and powerful meaning in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird In general it represents peacefulness innocence and kindness Characters such as Boo Radely can be compared to the mockingbird in the title of the novel Tom Robinson can also be compared to the mockingbird Yet the mockingbirds influence does not end there For it can also be applied to relationship between human beings Thus the Mockingbird is a powerful symbol that echoes a strong meaning throughout the book Boo Radely can be compared to the mockingbird in the title of the novel It is made clear in chapter 10 when Atticus and Miss Maudie explain that you should never kill a mockingbird because all it does is sing beautiful songs and never hurts anyone Thus Boo Radely is like a mockingbird as he never hurts anyone and primarily keeps to himself Yet the title is To Kill A Mockingbird and the townsfolk kill Boo Radley by persecuting and ridiculing him in society simply because he is shy and does not come out of his house Also in the end Scout says that it would be wrong to put Boo Radley on trial for killing Bob Ewell because he did it in order to protect her and Jem Furthermore Scout sees that things look the same from Boo Radleys porch as they do from hers Therefore Boo Radley is a perfect example of a mockingbird and the situation he is in is a perfect example of the title of the book Tom Robinson is another character won can be compared with the mockingbird He was a genuinely kind person who in the end is destroyed by his willingness to help Mayella Ewell Just like a mockingbird Robinson never hurt anyone Yet he was also persecuted by society for his kindness and his race Tom Robinson is a mockingbird figure in the book
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