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This essay printed from PlanetPaperscom To view this essay online visit httpwwwplanetpaperscomAssets1986htmlTo Kill A Mockingbird Similarities in Tom and Boos livesCertain uncanny resemblances between Tom Robinson and Boo Radleys lives exist in Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird Often large groups of people misunderstand certain unusual individuals Sometimes they stereotype the person other times they simply do not bother to find out the truth When such circumstances occur the ostracized persons actions become unfairly misinterpreted or not understood at all Sometimes rumors circulate about the individuals that might then be assumed as the truth In this novel Tom and Boo are both outsiders to the white normal society of Maycomb county Tom and Boo share generous natures that are misunderstood they hold little social value and are generally assumed guilty The first parallel in the lives of Tom and Boo focuses on their property Tom lives in the nigger nest pg 175 near to Mr Ewell but outside the city limits While testifying Mr Ewell says Ive asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down yonder theyre dangerous to live around sides devaluin my property pg 175 A persons status often relates to his property and the interpretation of that propertys value is often based on the tenants of the land In Maycomb county the black community inhabits the least desirable property In the Jim Crow era blacks were stereotyped as violent and unclean therefore the property they owned was considered unvaluable and was located in the worst part of the county territory On the other hand the people in the best part of town are always white and upper class members of society Mr Ewell lives directly next to the town dump yet he considers the blacks that he lives near a larger threat to his lands value than the appearance and stench of the citys trash Most people in the better parts of town might even agree with him
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