Mockingbirds are an important symbol because they represent goodness and innocence. In this book, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are two innocent men, similar to mockingbirds, who get taken advantage of due to their innocence. Atticus and Miss Maudie teach Scout and Jem that it’s a sin to harm anything innocent by using the example of mockingbirds. Mockingbirds are innocent because they only positively affect people through their singing. Scout and Jem have just received air guns from Atticus for Christmas, and they are learning what they’re not allowed to shoot at.
Innocent Injustice To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has many cases of characters who illustrate the qualities of a Mockingbird such as Tom Robinson, when he did a favor for Mayella, gets killed and when he is found guilty by a jury. Miss Maudie describes why the kids cannot shoot a Mockingbird by saying “They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us” (Lee 119). Mockingbirds do not take what does not belong to them, and Tom will not accept payment in return for favors. Therefore he helps Mayella out of the kindness of his heart. Scout recalls the message of Mr. Underwood’s article regarding Tom Robinson’s death as being “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter
The author of To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee had wrote Atticus to say “...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). He said this to Scout and Jem because mockingbirds give nothing but music for the world to enjoy and it would be cruel and uncalled for to take their life. The reason Lee wrote this is because the story has a few metaphorical mockingbirds. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds because of their good deeds and pure hearts, such as the birds. Mr. Atticus Finch has been proven multiple times in the story that he is a good hearted gentleman that only wishes to do the right thing.
Contrary to Mr. Arthur Radley, also known as Boo, being considered the mockingbird of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it is Mr. Tom Robinson who is the true mockingbird of the novel. Atticus Finch says to his children, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird,” (Lee, p. 98). Atticus tells his children this because a mockingbird does not do any harm to you, but the mockingbird brings songs and joys, consequently is a sin if one were to take it away. Tom Robinson fits the role as the mockingbird that Atticus provides for his children. With this symbolism of Tom Robinson and a mockingbird in place, the use of symbolism in the novel is a literary masterpiece, with compelling and accurate relationships between characters, animals, and symbols.
Jem describes his image of Boo, “..Six and a half feet tall,....he dined on raw squirrels and cats he could catch, that 's why his hands are bloodstained-if ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran down the side of his face: What teeth he had were yellow and rotten: his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.”(Lee 16) Boo is judged like a monster even though Jem and Scout have actually seen him before. Boo is a mockingbird because he is treated like a monster even though he remains unseen. As the story goes on we get to meet our first encounter with Boo. Boo is the mysterious savior who killed Bob Ewell to save Jem and Scout.
The two hunter’s feel pity towards the eggs that they see, as they feel that most of them are going to be killed before the animal inside is even able to see the light of day, however this is ironic, as these hunter’s themselves are here to steal that light from the animals, which is made even worse when considering that the eggs would be killed for nourishment, while the humans will be killing for pleasure. The poet makes this irony even more effective in creating a sense of ethics in the reader by having the title of the poem as The Wild Duck’s Nest, even though that is not what the poem is about. Randolph Stow uses animals to successfully convey deeper emotional and philosophical thoughts and to create a sense of morality and ethics with the subject matter, theme and the literary devices. Through this, the reader realizes the message: humans are the ones to be afraid of, as the creatures that humans often fear are even more frightened of
They don’t eat up people’s gardens, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,’”(Lee 119). The statement ‘to kill a mockingbird’ symbolizes innocence, so it really means the death of innocence. This shows not only Atticus’ sense of justice but also his overall moral value as well. This is not the only instance of this happening in To Kill A Mockingbird though.
Dolphus Raymond, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley are all blameless people that are harmed and or judged based on factors that are misunderstood by others. It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, innocent creatures that are only trying to bring joy to the town, but people do not understand what they had done until it
Society was cruel through their lifestyles. Different people at these time were treated badly because of their age, race and gender. In the bunkhouse Carlson wants to kill Candy’s dog because of its stinking the bunkhouse. “ Well I can’t stand him in here,” said Carlson “That stink hangs around even after he’s gone.” He walked over with a heavy-legged stride and looked down at the dog. “Got no teeth he’s all stiff, he ain’t no good for you Candy” Before winning the fight and quickly says to the dog “come, on, boy.” This tells us by Carlson saying “Got no teeth he’s all stiff” tells us that Carlson thinks that if something is old and can’t take care of it’s self it should be killed.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, mockingbirds symbolize innocence, as they are peaceful, sing beautiful songs and cause no harm. In chapter 10 of the book Harper Lee mentions something that is very eye catching which is “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something.” This caught my eye as that it even mentions that it was the only thing that Atticus ever said was a sin. What made this even more interesting was Miss Maudie’s response to scout asking why it a sin to kill mockingbirds “‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us…” (Lee, p. 90). Mockingbirds symbolize goodness and innocence in this book. According to Dictionary.com, a scapegoat is “a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.” In this book, Tom Robinson represents a scapegoat and Jem Finch and Boo Radley are two of the characters that represent mockingbirds. Tom Robinson is a scapegoat because he was convicted of a crime that he did not commit.
Towards the end of the novel, after the kids realize all the nice things Boo has been doing for them, they start to change their opinions. They realize he is not a crazy man, he is just a person. A person that has helped them. This shows that Boo helped teach the kids you should never listen to rumors. You do not truly know someone until you have been in their shoes.
Even the Littlest Things Make a Difference Someone once said, “Judging a person doesn 't define who they are... it defines who you are”. Scout, the main character of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Skeeter the main character of The Help, do not believe in judging other people until they really know that person. Scout is not a typical girl like her aunt wants her to be. Scout stands up for her family such as Atticus. Along with Scout, Skeeter also faces gender discrimination and is against it as well.
In conclusion the quote “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” teaches Scout and the reader that it would be wrong to kill or harm something good and innocent in the world because they are good and innocent, would make the world a worse place, and they do for us it. Finally think how you have treated people who are mockingbirds, how can you do something for them in return, and how can you become one of these people
There are many character in the book considered a mockingbird,but most poeple think that Boo Radlet isn’t one of them because of all the rumors that spread about Boo Radley.He’s a mockingbird because when Jem and Scout were getting in a fight with Mr.Ewel.While they were fighting Boo Radley was there to save them by killing MR.Ewel. Not only does he savethe children by killing Mr.Ewell, but also by carrying Jem back to Atticus.This proves that Boo Radley is a mockingbird.Boo Radley life style is affected by rumors people made up about him. People