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SeventhProfessor
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Zoo903
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The main mockingbird in "To Kill a Mockingbird" was Boo Radley.

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Started: 11/26/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SeventhProfessor

Pro

My opponent will be taking the stance that Tom Robinson is the main mockingbird. First round for acceptance only, any arguments in the first round should be disregarded.
Debate Round No. 1
SeventhProfessor

Pro

I believe that Boo Radley was more of a mockingbird than Tom Robinson based on the following quote from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird":

"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit "em, but remember it"s a sin to kill a mockingbird."

Before we see who fits the criteria better, we must analyze what the quote means. To understand everything that's being said, we must take a quote from later in the text. "Mockingbirds don"t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don"t eat up people"s gardens, don"t nest in corn cribs, they don"t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.". Now, we can determine that the quote means that you can act negatively towards people if, and only if, they deserve it. Being rude or tormenting those that haven't done wrong is equivalent to killing a mockingbird. Let's now analyze the two characters in question, and why they are considered mockingbirds.

Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson was a black man accused of rape, found guilty, and killed in prison. While it is not confirmed, it is (I hope) universally agreed upon that he was innocent, Let's look at the mockingbird criteria: Never doing anything wrong, and only helping when he could (criteria 1), and being wrongly punished (criteria 2). For criteria 1, we can assume Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, and in fact helped her with household chores on many occasions. For criteria 2, he was imprisoned and murdered for a crime he didn't commit.

Boo Radley
Boo Radley, the son of jobless baptist Christians, was an innocent boy to begin with. He became part of a bad crowd, and was imprisoned in his basement by his father. This led to at least modern insanity, and had a major affect on his life. Later, he tried to help and, in a weird way, become friends with Scout and Jem, despite being constantly demonized by them. They eventually accepted that he was a good person, and he was able to save their lives near the end. Now, let's examine how well Boo fits the criteria. Criteria 1a, Boo Radley was an innocent child. Criteria 2a, he was quickly corrupted by a bad group of kids, which eventually led to his insanity. Criteria 1b, he spent most of his time trying to befriend Scout and Jem. Criteria 2b, Scout and Jem, like the rest of Maycomb, viewed him as evil and feared him.

While both are certainly mockingbirds, Boo Radley fits the requirements in more situations than Tom Robinson.
Zoo903

Con

Zoo903 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
SeventhProfessor

Pro

I extend my arguments.
Zoo903

Con

Zoo903 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
SeventhProfessor

Pro

I extend all arguments.
Zoo903

Con

Zoo903 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by toamatt26 3 years ago
toamatt26
Since the opponent did not answer, I would like to challenge you to the same debate.
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Vote Placed by dtaylor971 3 years ago
dtaylor971
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Reasons for voting decision: Due to the fact of forfeit, pro automatically wins conduct and arguments. He had better spelling and grammar, also, as con forgot a period in the end of his sentence on round one. Links stay divided.