To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

How do each of the these characters represent a mockingbird? Provide at least one specific example for each.

Mayella Ewell
Tom Robinson
Boo Radley

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Mayella- She is a victim. There are hints that she is a kind person, buying children ice cream, but her circumstances are not good. She is vulnerable and her father, Bob Ewell, abuses her in terrible ways. Mayella is lonely and has no love in her life.

The town has developed a myth that Boo is an insane monster that wanders around at night peering into people's windows. Throughout the book, he lives with his brother, who is highly controlling. Boo functions as a misunderstood person who is actually the opposite of what people perceive him to be. Like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley functions as a mockingbird-figure. He is mentally fragile and wants to do good for others.

Tom Robinson- He is a kind man that tries to help people. He even helps people like the Ewells who would normally scorn him. Unfortunately, by being so kind, he makes himself vulnerable and is easily hurt.