Essay On Tom Robinson's Loss Of Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Imagine living in a small town and always being the outcast. Throughout the book, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Tom Robinson’s innocence was lost and then eventually destroyed just like you could argue was similar to a mockingbird. Just like a mockingbird, Tom is an innocent, good man who loses his innocence. Tom’s race alone, caused him to lose most of his innocence. Going into the trial, everyone in the courtroom knew that it was unfair from the start, no matter what actually happened that day with Mayella Ewell. Also, during Tom’s death his innocence was almost completely destroyed. Tom Robinson’s race was a huge factor in all his innocence being lost. Racism was a huge problem during that time.‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ took place in small town Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. During this time period the country was going through the Great Depression. Tom …show more content…
He did try to escape the jail but the fact that he was shot 17 times just shows how much hatred there was towards negroes at that time period. The 17 shots was out of hand. Not only was Tom’s innocence completely lost, but it affected his family greatly as well. After Tom’s death, Bob Ewell harasses Tom’s wife trying to intimidate her into not going to work, and not passing by his house on her walk. Mr. Underwood “likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children.”
In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Tom Robinson symbolizes a mockingbird. Throughout the whole book, his innocence is lost greatly because of the trial, his race, and eventually his death. Mockingbirds never cause any harm and only make beautiful music for people to enjoy, and killing a mockingbird is nothing but a sin. Tom never did any harm, all he did was go out of his way to help Mayella. His death is just like killing a mockingbird. Tom is a good man who is killed for his kindness just because his skin is