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Discuss the role played by Boo

It was Atticus Finch who said, "It's not okay to hate anybody." (p271)In Harper Lee's Novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the main issue that is dealt with is of people blindly hating and persecuting any individual or race that was different to the majority.Harper Lee tries to show the reader how life was back in the 1920's and 30's for these individuals and races.To do this she brings in two characters that play as the victims of the time: Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson.Boo Radley was an individual who spent his life purely indoors away from all human contact, because of this he was hated and persecuted.Tom Robinson was a Black Man or a "Nigger", and just simply because of this he was hated and persecuted.These two characters personify the statement that "It's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.""Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.That's why it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird." (p99 – 100)
Tom Robinson was the main victim of the novel.Almost the entire majority was against him.And why?Because he was a Black man. " Niggers" or Negroes were the scum of the universe.Maycomb was plagued with "The evil assumption – that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings (p225).The majority took any chance they had to take advantage of Tom.When Tom was in the Maycomb jail accused of rape, he was immobile, and the rape had granted them a reason to be able to take the law into their own hands.The most empathetic point of Tom Robinson's character was that his trial was a Black Man vs a White Man, and this meant that the White Man had already won by default, as the jury was under the same impression as the town of "Okay, we'll convict this Neg…

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