In the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird there are three characters that are considered to be mocking birds.  If you are not familiar with the term mocking bird it means someone who does something good and someone else looks down on him or her or hurts them.  The three characters that play this role in the story are Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch.

One of the mocking birds in the story is one of the main characters. His name is Atticus Finch. He is a mockingbird for one main reason in the book. He plays an attorney who defends a black man which nobody is supposed to do in that time of history. He does it anyway.

While he is trying to defend this man for supposedly raping Mayella Ewell, white people like him are treating him like he is a bad man when he is trying to help this poor innocent black man who was trying to help a white girl for free. The main reason he is a mockingbird is that he is a very nice man who is trying to win a case for a poor black man so he doesn’t go to prison and killed.

Another mocking bird in the book is a man named Tom Robinson who is convicted of raping Mrs. Mayella Ewell. His attorney who defends in the story is Atticus Finch. Tom is a poor black man who minds his own business until this one afternoon Mayella asks him to do some work for her. As he does the work Mayella jumps on him because she has a thing for him. Then her dad Bob Ewell sees her with him and tells the police and then he goes on trial.

When he is on trial judge Taylor says “Did you rape miss Mayella Ewell” and Tom said, “I did not suh” and he also says he did not harm her in any way to the judge. Even though he says he did not rape her nor harm her in any way he is still guilty as charged. After he is guilty of raping Mayella that is a lie and then he goes to jail where he makes the biggest mistake of all.

He tries to escape the prison by jumping over a fence but instead of getting away, the guards shoot him several times. Instead of shooting him to stop him from getting away they just kill him intentionally. So in this case he is a mocking bird for helping Mayella and then trying to free himself.

One last mocking bird in the story is Mr. Boo Radley. This man minds his own business in the day inside his house and comes outside at night. This one night he helps Atticus’s kids when they are coming home from school on Halloween night. He tries to help them when Bob Ewell is trying to stab Mr. Finch’s kids, but then from out of nowhere Boo comes and defends them.

While he tries to free the kids from getting hurt Bob falls to the ground and accidentally falls on his knife that he had. So now Boo is being convicted of killing Bob when it wasn’t his fault. Boo is a mockingbird basically because he is looked at as a bad man when all he was doing helping the kids and one bad accident occurs.

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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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