Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are the main mockingbirds in

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Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are the main mockingbirds in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A mockingbird is something that does nothing to hurt anyone. The mockingbird symbolizes innocence and purity. In the book, Atticus says that it is a sin to kill a mocking bird but it would be understandable if they kill blue jays. He explains this by saying that blue jays build nests in peoples cornfields, but all a mocking bird does is make music for people to enjoy.

Tom Robinson is a great example of how someone has the qualities of a mockingbird. All his life he was a hard working person who tried to please everyone. In the book, it tells of him losing his arm while working on a cotton gin. After this incident happened he did not stop working, he kept on no matter how hard it was.

He also resembles a mocking bird because he never brought harm to anyone. He would never do anything that would hurt someone rather physically or emotionally.

One way Boo Radley resembles a mocking bird is how he acts socially. A mocking bird is always by itself. In most cases mocking birds tend to stay by themselves, they are not socially active. This is greatly likened to Boo because he rarely leaves his house. The only thing mockingbirds ever do is sing their hearts out for us and Boo does nothing but that. All he does is leave Jem and Scout presents, and one time he even saves there lives risking his own.

In To Kill A Mocking Bird, the mocking birds were either killed or persecuted. In Maycomb, they believed that the killing of mocking birds was a sin, but they did not see it a sin to Tom Robinson who was the embodiment of all the qualities of a mocking bird.