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Ethan PhanPoloEnglish 9 HN, Period 8January 19th, 2018Informative, Interesting Title Related to my Topics In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a man accused of rape, while Boo Radley is a recluse who spends their time alone. Two other characters, Miss Maudie and Atticus both instruct Scout not “to kill a mockingbird”. Readers may think that the metaphor represents brave people, because Tom, who is described as a mockingbird, is brave enough to claim that Mayella jumps him and courageous enough to try to escape prison. However, then many characters could be seen as mockingbirds, and the number of them would not make mockingbirds special. By understanding why mockingbirds represent certain characters, readers can see why each person acts the way they do. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, mockingbirds represents people who are innocent and yet still fall victim to the prejudice of others, shown by Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.Topic Sentence #1: Tom Robinson is innocent because he helps Mayella with her daily tasks, yet he is punished by the guilty accusation that he raped Mayella and eventually, death.Integrated Evidence #1: Before Mayella accuses Tom of rape, he would help her with a “little somethin'” because he knew that the children and Mr. Ewell “didn’t… help her none” (Lee 191).Analysis: Innocence is described as not having any evil intents or motives. Tom’s actions are not evil, because he observes that Mayella does not have any assistance, and decides to take some of his time to help her. In addition, one who is evil would try to take advantage of the other, but Tom simply continues to help Mayella. Therefore Tom Robinson only does good and thus, innocent.Integrated Evidence #2: Despite only helping others, Tom is charged with a unanimous vote that he raped Mayella.”Seventeen bullet holes” ultimately kills Tom Robinson. (220).Analysis: Prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on past experiences, it is a biased opinion. As the jury judges Tom, they do not look at Tom. Their actions connote that they are ashamed. Therefore, they are making an opinion that they feel embarrassed about, but do so because they are biased against blacks.Topic Sentence #2: Boo is symbolized as a mockingbird by Scout when she realizes all the nice things Boo has done for the Finches, showing it is immoral to penalize him with crude rumours, when all he has done is help the children.Integrated Evidence #1: Despite Boo being shy and staying in his house all the time, he still tries to aid the Finch family. When gives gifts to the children, he realizes they are “delighted, puzzled, and apprehensive”, so he continues to give them presents. He also mends Jem’s pants and saves Jem’s and Scout’s lives (229).Analysis: Mockingbirds are characters who only do good for the world. Boo does not hurt them; he tries to befriend them with gifts. Secondly, by fixing Jem’s pants, Boo is showing to the children that he is not an enemy, but rather a friend. Finally, Boo did not have to save the children’s lives, but he did so anyway. He cares so immensely about the children, that he is willing to die for them. In these three examples, Boo is helping the children, and not trying to hurt them.Integrated Evidence #2: However, the town think Boo Radley is a “malevolent phantom” with “hands that were bloodstained”. They also believe that he tries to kill them with “pizened pecans” (8, 23).Analysis: Not only did the children believe that Boo is a passive demon, but they believe that he actually sought out to kill them. The children never met Boo, so there is no actual experience the children can base these rumours on. Furthermore, the children are only introduced to these rumours from town gossipers, such as Miss Maudie. Hence, she is too prejudiced against the Radleys. Work Cited:Lee, Nelle Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York, Warner Books, 1982. Print.