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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

  • Submitted by: Shenghwua
  • on January 26, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 930 words

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“Remember, it is a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg 90). Mockingbirds are animals that don’t do us any harm.   It is the type of animal that will give its heart out to you.   Every morning you can find mockingbirds sitting out side a window chirping a pleasant tune.   It is a sin to kill the innocent and helpful mockingbird.   But around the time of the Great Depression, important morals like that one seem to have been tossed aside. At that time, when a black man went to court, it didn’t matter whether he was guilty or innocent. The fact that he was a colored man made him the target for unjustified accusation. Innocent human beings have been killed for nothing but the crime of being different. And just like mocking bird, a black man that is innocent has not done anything wrong.   And just like it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, it is a sin to kill an innocent black man.   In the book, To kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is accused of something he did not do. And because he is black, he is the one that suffers the consequences. He was an innocent man that helped out his neighbor out of good will. Tom Robinson is like a mockingbird, innocent and helpful, and like how a mockingbird gets shot, Tom Robinson gets ensnared in a trap that was set by two white individuals, eventually leading to his death.


From the beginning, Tom was innocent. All he was a helpful neighbor that did a few favors for Mayella Ewell. “she’d call me in, suh. Seemed like every time I passed by yonder she’d have a little somethin’ for me to do- choppin kindlin’, totin’ water for her...I was glad to do it, Mr. Ewell didn’t seem to help her none, and neither did the chillum, and I know she have no nickel to spare” (pg 215). He helped Mayella on his own free will. He was not what all the other white folk in the courthouse thought he was like. “you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption—the evil assumption—that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro...

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