Brianna Reed TKAM Essay

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Brianna Reed
Big 10/ UCLA
5/29/15



Mockingbird Analysis

To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel by Harper Lee, is a story about Scout and Jem Finch
playing with their friend Dill and spying on the mysterious Boo Radley. Atticus Finch is a
respected lawyer and defends a black man, Tom Robinson, who was accused of rape. The trial
shows the evils of prejudice and racism. In this novel Atticus, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley
are metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds because they didn’t do anything wrong and were
denounced by the people of Maycomb.

Mockingbirds are innocent creatures who don't harm humans or their crops, only making
beautiful music for people to enjoy. Tom Robinson, a hard­working family man,is a mockingbird
because
he did nothing but try to help Mayella and make her life a little easier but they “killed”
him any way.
She repays his kindness by accusing him of assault and rape. All the evidence in
the trial clearly shows that Tom didn’t rape Mayella Ewell but the jury simply ignored the
evidence and looked at the color of his skin.
“In our courts, when it's a white man's word
against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of
life." (220)
this is the first major sign of racism the trial shows.

Scout and Dill were too young to

really understand this even Jem couldn’t wrap his mind around it. The sin of killing Tom
Robinson falls mostly into the hands of Bob Ewell but also every Maycomb person who helped
with his demise.


The mysterious Boo Radley isn’t psychotic at all, he reveals himself as a pretty shy
character. Boo was preconceived by many people because he wasn’t let out of the house by his
father or brother because of their religious beliefs. Not only does Boo save Jem and Scout he also
avenges Tom Robinson’s death. Tate said “let the dead bury the dead”(369) and convinced
Atticus that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife. Boo Radley, the real murderer of Mr. Ewell,
shouldn’t be out in the public for a trial. By simply covering it up by saying Mr. Ewell fell on his
knife, Tate is able to protect Boo from court and get justice for Tom's death. Boo minds his own
business and it would be "a sin" to do anything to…