The Mockingbird Treatment
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The Mockingbird Treatment
A number of times someone has judged someone without knowing the whole story. This seems to be the central theme throughout the novel ”To Kill A Mockingbird." This theme relates to the title of the novel because when a mockingbird is killed it is killed regardless of it's beautiful music, and appearance. This show how the killer misjudged it's prey and killed without knowing the other side of the story. There can also be people or other animals misjudged as is the mockingbird.
This novel has many characters who are similar to the mockingbird symbol. One character is Boo Radley. People judge Boo without knowing his side of the story. People believe rumors and myths created about him by someone who has misjudged him as well. The kids misjudged him when they said "Jem, naturally, was Boo: he went under the front steps and shrieked and howled from time to time," (Chp. 4, Pg. 43). This shows how they created a negative image for Boo that is not necessarily true.
Another character who is like a mockingbird is Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson did not get to tell his side of the story and the court only heard Mayella Ewell's side. Robinson is treated like the mockingbird symbol because he is wrongfully accused and convicted only because he is black. An example of this is " The handful of people n this town who say that fair play is not marked White Only; the handful of people who say a fair trial is for everybody, not just us; the handful of people with enough humility to think, when they look at a Negro, there but for the Lord's kindness am I," (Chp.24, pg. 239). This show he is misjudged in the trial and just because of his race he is judged like a mockingbird, wrongfully and false.
There are too many cases of this mockingbird treatment in the world today. Anybody can accuse someone or be someone similar to the mockingbird. Even though the examples listed are both people, animals like stray dogs, and blind cats get the mockingbird treatment. Hopefully, people can ensure we do our best to refrain from treating people without knowing the whole story, and our judicial system sets the example with fair trials.
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