ToKill A Mockingbird Essay-the Music of Mocking Birds.
Miss Maudie explained to Scout why her father said it was a sin to kill a mockingbird this way. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley and Dill were all like the mockingbird described by Miss Maudie. They never did anything to hurt anyone else, but were good and kind people. However, because they were different from the norm, people were frightened of them and wanted to be rid of them.
Tom Robinson was a hard-working man who was good to his family. However, when a rape was reported in Maycomb, he was automatically a suspect, simply because he was black and different from the white majority in the town. Tom was afraid to tell what he knew about the crime, because it would have pointed to a powerful citizen of Maycomb. This lead to more suspicion. Although Tom was a good person and harmless, because of his social standing and the color of his skin he was seen as a threat to society.
Boo Radley was a mysterious character to the Finch children, as well as the rest of the town. Many people were frightened of him, because he had been locked in the house by his relatives for a long time, and never was seen. The author suggests that Boo had done something long ago to make his family ashamed of him, and that he was locked away because of that. Because he was a mysterious and unknown man, people in Maycomb began making up scary stories about him. Gem and Scout were afraid to go close to his house. However, as the story develops, it becomes clear that Boo is a good person who helps Gem and Scout in the end. .
Dill also is an example of a mockingbird. His own parents didn’t want him around, so they sent him to Maycomb in the summer to live with his aunt.