"To kill a mockingbird" - Effect of Tom Robinson's death

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To kill a mocking bird is a very popular and influential book written by Harper Lee. The book talks about how the white people were prejudice to the Negroes to the extent where there was killing involved. This issue still occurs in some parts of the world today. Lee made the book extremely emotional by using a real life example, Scottsboro's trial and applying the idea in Tom Robinson's trial. Tom Robinson's death made the book give emotions to the reader as he was judged by the colour of his skin and how the white are so cruel, heartless and injustice.

The title of the book is "To kill a mockingbird". Harper Lee makes the reader think why she had titled the book this way and what it symbolises. A mockingbird symbolises innocence and Tom Robinson is surely one of the mockingbirds which Lee is expressing. This makes the reader think harder about what Tom Robinson had to do with the story and his role in the book.

"Shoot all the Blue jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (pg 99)

This quotes clearly shows what a mockingbird symbolises which can be connected to Tom Robinson instantly.

Mockingbirds only provide beautiful music for people to listen and enjoy and do not do anything bothersome.

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...that's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (pg 100)

Tom Robinson in the story did nothing to hurt anyone black or white instead, he was a good man in helping Mayella Ewell even though he is disabled. However, Mayella accused Tom of rape in order to cover her shame.

"I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing...