Essay after reading "To Kill a Mockingbird"

The Dead Birds Society

I was about five years old when I found a strange book on my parents’ bookshelf. It was called “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I was shocked. Why on earth would my parents want to figure out how to kill a bird? The image of an innocent, cheerful little bird shot with an arrow slowly formed in my mind. Ten years later, I read the strange book. The image of a dying mockingbird I had thought of was actually what the author was trying to say.

Tom Robinson did nothing but try to help a lonely white woman. When he was accused, Atticus defends him as hard as he can. Although all the evidence pointed out that he wasn’t guilty, Tom loses the trial just because he was black. He was shot numerous times when he tried to escape. People of Maycomb thought Tom was foolish for running blindly for freedom, but I could understand him. He was tired of fighting against the stereotype of white people. He wanted to find his own way out, although he knew he was very likely to get killed. When Tom was young, his left hand was caught in a cotton mill and injured. It made him unable to go over the fence fast enough to escape. What the white people did stopped him from being free even to the very last moment of his life. In spite of all, he had always respected them and even felt sorry for them – like what he felt for Mayella Ewell.

         Scout and Jem were always curious about a man called Boo Radley, who never came out of his house. The children wanted to see Mr. Radley so much that even tried to put a note on the Radley house window with a fishing pole. I thought Boo could have felt very upset about this because it seemed as if the children were goggling at an exotic animal in a zoo. However, Mr. Radley gave small gifts to Scout and Jem by putting them in a tree hole. He even saved their lives when Bob Ewell attacked them. He must have quietly watched them playing near his house. Mr. Radley was completely misunderstood by his neighbors all this time; he was made into a horrible ghost that haunted the town when he was actually a warm-hearted man who loved children. Scout finally understands him when she stands in front of the Radley house and tries to stand in his shoes.

         A mockingbird never attacks anyone. All it does is sing a beautiful song that makes people feel better. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley were both unfortunate songbirds who were unable to get along with the people of the town. The author also implies discrimination of gender. Scout acts like a boy, and everyone tells her that she should be like a lady. Her perspective of the world was just a little different from the ladies. There is nothing wrong about being different. When many people are biased against an idea, it can impact certain individuals in a terrible way. We are killing many mockingbirds even today. It is just that at the moment, we do not notice what we are doing.