Titles Race Relations in To Kill a Mockingbird A Look at Jim Crow Laws in To Kill a Mockingbird Calpurnia and Tim Robinson from To Kill a Mockingbird and Their Portrayal of the Black Community Selected Title: The Role of Family in To……
[Read More] Scout and Jem are likewise tormented by their classmates because of their father's courageous decision to defend an obviously innocent man.
In spite of their poverty, they appear to possess a high measure of self-respect and pride in themselves.
When Atticus decides to represent Tom Robinson, one of their own, the black community showers him with gratitude by supplying his family with fresh produce and baked goods to the point that the Finch home is overcrowding with such items and when Scout and Jem appear in the local black church they are treated with the highest degree of respect and deference.
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It is suggested that Mayella was beaten by her father.
Another powerful symbol or image in the movie is the genuine goodness of the black community.
The Maycomb black community is pictured in the movie as a group of simple, honest, and hardworking individuals who are barely eking out an existence but still manage to be happy.
As Atticus warns his children, "it is sin to kill a mockingbird." In the movie Boo and Tom Robinson are similar to the mockingbird in that they are harmless individuals who would never intentionally hurt anyone, yet, both are harmed seriously in the movie and those who are hurting them is like shooting a mockingbird.
The mockingbird symbolizes the good in life but, as the conviction and death of Tom Robinson demonstrates, evil has the power to overcome the mockingbird's goodness.