Mockingbirds are placid, blissful, and vulnerable animals. They do not harm anything or anyone. Killing a mockingbird resembles sin to many people throughout the entire novel. In To Kill a Mockingbird many characters can be characterized as being a mockingbird, including: Tom Robinson, Arthur (Boo) Radley, and Charles Baker Harris (Dill). Mockingbirds do not deserve any form of harm or pain in any way, shape, or form. Innocent humans do not deserve to be abused or threatened by anyone or anything. As has been noted, Tom Robinson is be specified as a mockingbird. “Mr.
Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children” (Lee, 323). Tom a, well-mannered, god-loving, and a joyous father, did not deserve to be killed or even put into jail. Tom was just another example of racism in the southern states. The so-called “trial” was a doomed attempt of showing Maycombs society that a man’s skin color does not matter. Tom Robinson’s senseless, inhumane, and unjust murder is just another notch on the belt of the racist society in Maycomb.
In the same way, Arthur (Boo) Radley can also be worthy of receiving the name of “mockingbird”. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Scout once stated “Mr. Tate was right… Well it would be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it? ” (370). Scout, a adolescent, knows that if her society discovers that Boo helps them and saves their lives, it would be the same injustice as the killing a mockingbird. Arthur is a shy, burdened, and ignored man, thrusting him into the spotlight would be a sin. He saves their lives and doing that helps society take his own life.
Maycombs society is cruel. Arthur Radley deserves to be able to live a normal life but because of all the gossip and cruel jokes, Boo does not want to leave his home. Heck Tate makes the correct decision by keeping that night’s events a secret. Killing a mockingbird is a sin that Sheriff Tate does not want to be on his mind for the rest of his life. Equally important, Charles Baker Harris (Dill) has the characteristic of portraying a mockingbird. “They do get on a lot better without me. I can’t help them any. They ain’t mean… You are not a boy.
Boys go out and play baseball; they don’t hang around the house worryin’ their folks” (Lee, 191). Dill’s parents did not expect to have a child. A parent is supposed to show their juvenile child unconditional love, no matter what the situation. Dill’s parents do not love him. From the moment Dill was born his parents did not show him love. A young child is a mockingbird just as much as anyone else. Dill did not deserve have parents who ignore him like that. A parent must love his/her child no matter what ( you already said that- delete). Dill’s blood has the same make-up as his parents.
He should be loved not be treated with arrogance. Therefore, no man has an excuse to kill a mockingbird. Innocent people should not suffer because of unjust abuse. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has a handful of “mockingbird” characters such as, Tom Robinson, Arthur Boo Radley, and Dill. Beautiful songbirds deserve to be loved unconditionally and listened to, not be killed, or made fun of. (or lose any love-delete). A lovely and beautiful songbird living in nature should be treated the same as a person characterized as a mockingbird living in a humane society.