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To Kill A Mockingbird

The novel To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee is the story of Jem and scout Finch and their childhood in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. The title To Kill a Mockingbird has a thematic significance throughout the story. The characters, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch portray "mockingbirds" who "don't do anything but sing their hearts out and give to make life better for others".
Throughout the novel Tom Robinson is seen as a "mockingbird" through his kindness and pity for Mayella Ewell. When Tom is giving his testimony he says "I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more than the rest of em." By feeling sorry for her Tom is showing his kindness and good heartedness. Because Tom is a Negro it is not considered right in this society for him to feel sorry for Mayella. Also during his testimony Tom says "I tried to'thout bein' ugly to her. I didn't want to be ugly, I didn't want to push her or nothing." Even though blacks are considered savages Tom is a well-mannered person and would never strike a woman white or black. Because Tom is a good person tries not to be ugly to Mayella because in a way he respected her. Tom Robinson is an all around good person and is trying to do good by helping Mayella and to prosecute him would be like shooting a mockingbird.
The "mockingbird" characteristics show throughout the story in Boo Radley. After Boo saves the children Atticus says "thank you for my children, Arthur." Even with Boo's hardships and though his life was very troublesome he showed that he really loved those children he had not even met. Boo hardly ever comes out of the safety of his house but he comes to the aid of those children and risks his life out of the sheer kindness that is in his heart. In the novel scout says, "He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, an…


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