To kill a mockingbird project

By Akhil Mulukutla, Hasan Jafri, and ItzelEstrada


Character Foils

Tom Robinson & Boo Radley


  • One lives with his wife and children among friends

  • One lives in isolation with his brother


  • Both are crippled (one is crippled in the arm and the other is crippled by “shyness”

  • Both are innocents with a bad reputation

  • Both are compared to mockingbirds

  • Both are being blamed for things they didn't do


Symbolism and motifs

-TIm Johnson is a symbol of Tom Robinson in a way that :

The dog got rabies just as Tom never chose to be black.

They both died for something they did not do.

They were both minding their own business


Miss Maudie states that the mockingbirds don’t harm us in any way so it makes it a sin to kill it.

In a way this refers to Tom Robinson as he doesn't harm anyone but still he is wrongly convicted.

-the Radley place

This is a symbol of a quote as know as

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

As Boo Radley lives in a old scary house, people see him as a scary and dark person as in hindsight he is a caring, generous person.


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The narrator (Jean Louise finch) reacts to the flashback as if it happens the day before.

Every detail or emotion is expressed along with the presence of more mature language.

Mr. Underwood didn't talk about miscarriages of justice, he was writing so children could understand. Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping.



Thematic Topic

How ignorance leads to racism
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Esselman, Mary D. "To Kill a Mockingbird." Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. Ed. Kirk H. Beetz and Suzanne Niemeyer. Vol. 3. Washington D.C: Beacham Publishing, Inc., 1990. 1367-1374. Rpt. in Children's Literature Review. Ed. Jelena Krstovic. Vol. 169. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Literature Resource Center. Web. 3 June 2015.