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The Mockingbirds of To Kill A Mockingbird
Transcript of The Mockingbirds of To Kill A Mockingbird
Boo Radley is a quiet, reclusive and misunderstood character in the novel. He has not been seen outside his house in years and the people of Maycomb label him as some sort of monster but in reality he is harmless. He is a victim of prejudice because he is different
Tom Robinson is a black man who is accused of raping a white woman (Mayella Ewell) He is innocent but because of his race, no one believes him except for Atticus Finch who defends him in court.
Atticus Finch is a widowed father of two kids who defends Tom Robinson in a case where he is wrongly accused of rape. Atticus is hated by the whole town for defending a black man but he knows he must stand for what is right.
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About the novel
Boo and the kids
Boo takes a liking to Scout and her brotherJem. He leaves them gifts in a tree, mends Jem's ripped pants all without being seen and watches over them like a protector. One night, there's a fire at a neighbours house in the middle of winter and Boo put a blanket on Scout to keep her warm without her knowing it.
Clip from the movie
A clip from the To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) movie when Scout meets Boo Radley for the first time after he saves her and Jem from a crazy neighbor
“Thank who?” I asked.
“Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.”
(Scout and Atticus, page 39)
To Kill A Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee in 1960. The novel is set in the 1930s during the Great Depression in a town called Maycomb, Alabama. The story is narrated by six-year old Scout Finch who lives with her older brother Jem and widowed father Atticus.
Harper Lee uses the symbol of the mockingbird to represent the good characters in the novel who are subject to prejudices in society such as prejudice against those who are different, racial prejudice and prejudice against those who do not conform.
Tom was unfortunately subject to racial predjudice which was the norm in this time period. The jury was blinded by racism and found him guilty despite all the evidence in his favour. He was later killed and his murder could be compared to the senseless killing of innocent songbirds, which, at the beginning of the book we are told is a sin
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Atticus, page 49)
Why did he defend Tom?
He knew that Tom Robinson was innocent and felt it was his duty to defend him, no matter what his skin colour was. He had to stand up for what was right and help Tom plead his innocence, even if no one supported him. He was subject to predjudice for refusing to conform to the racist norms of his society.
"Tom Robinson's case is something that goes to the essence of a man's conscience, Scout, I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man […] before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience" (Atticus to Scout, page 57)
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1988. Print.
To Kill A Mockingbird Cover http://azatty.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/to-kill-cover.jpg
Mockingbird sounds <youtube.com/watch?v=CMpe34Aign4>
“Remember it’s a sing to kill a mockingbird” quote http://25.media.tumblr.com/11bea9b59f7366eb425bda5bd741a603/tumblr_mmumrwl08T1rm7tv0o1_500.jpg
Boo Radley (Robert Duvall) 1962 http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Duvall,%20Robert/Annex/Annex%20-%20Duvall,%20Robert%20(To%20Kill%20a%20Mockingbird)_01.jpg
“Scout Meets Boo Radley” To Kill A Mockingbird - 1962 youtube.com/watch?v=iRmIef02Ajk
Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) 1962 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nz1TiE2CyOQ/TlpZJpYbgGI/AAAAAAAABPk/LDy7epJN32A/s1600/ToKillMockngbrd_146Pyxurz.jpg
Atticus (Gregory Peck) 1962 http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Peck,%20Gregory/Annex/NRFPT/Annex%20-%20Peck,%20Gregory%20(To%20Kill%20a%20Mockingbird)_NRFPT_03.jpg
“Stand in his shoes” quote http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/27000000/To-Kill-A-Mockingbird-the-fanfic-27079700-500-300.jpg
Bird Silhouette http://www.clker.com/cliparts/R/b/5/l/R/1/bird-silhouette-hi.png
In conclusion, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch are the mockingbirds of the novel because they are good, kind people who are subject of predjudice for being different
Mockingbirds are completely harmless songbirds who live only to sing, and make beautiful music. Mockingbirds are symbolic in the novel because we can compare misunderstood characters like Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch to these harmless birds
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