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How does Harper Lee Manage to Draw Together the Stories of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson? Do you find her Way of doing this Effective?

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How does Harper Lee Manage to Draw Together the Stories of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson? Do you find her Way of doing this Effective? There is a strong literary motif running through Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. The stories of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are drawn together by the way they are both mockingbirds in their own way. Both men are on the outskirts of society and are misunderstood by the predominantly white population of Maycomb. In the first part of the novel, there is a very important quote used: "Shoot all the Bluejays you want if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a novel about a young girl named Jean Louise Finch or Scout growing up in a very prejudiced American town in the 1930's. Her life is fairly normal until her father, a lawyer named Atticus, is asked to defend a black man charged with the rape of a white girl, Mayella Ewell. ...read more.

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Arthur Radley, or Boo as the children call him is seen as a figure of mystery and fear in the eyes of Scout and Jem. Boo was locked in the house by his father for 'resisting arrest' and for 'stealing a vehicle'. Boo is a monster in the minds of the children. The children learn that when he was thirty-three years he 'calmly stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors' and had to be locked in the basement by his father. The Radleys are regarded as outsiders because they never mix with the townspeople, or attend church (Boo isn't even allowed to go to his mothers funeral). The doors are always kept shut; unlike every other house, there are no screen doors so nobody can see inside. Boo's affection for the children was the only thing that tempts him outside. At the end of the novel Scout and Jem feel regret because they think they gave him nothing in return. Jem and Scout also realised that they were being prejudiced towards Boo without knowing what he was really like. ...read more.

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He is an easy person to blame because in some ways he is quite na�ve. Boo Radley was always very kind to the children. The presents that Boo leaves show how thoughtful, caring and gentle Boo is. For example he leaves two dolls carved out of soap in the likeness of Jem and Scout. A lot of effort and thought would have gone into those dolls, just to please the children. He has done nothing but try to make the children happy but they are still unkind towards him. Harper Lee's way of making both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson mockingbirds is very effective. It gives the reader a parallel to compare each two. Both men are on the outskirts of society and are misunderstood by the predominantly white population of Maycomb. Harper Lee draws the two stories together to give out a very powerful message: you shouldn't judge people on the colour of their skin or their lifestyle. You never know exactly how that person's feeling until you climb inside their skin and walk around in it. This is summarised in a quote made by Atticus: "Were you ever a turtle huh?" Jessica Scott 10X ...read more.

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