One infamous couple that is an evident theme throughout Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is love and sacrifice. The father-child bond between Atticus, Scout, and Jem is undoubtedly a symbol of love and sacrifice. “But do you think I could face my children otherwise? You know what’s going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness… I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town” (Lee 117). Atticus clearly knew what he was getting into when he took the case, he knew how it would affect him and his children.
Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol of evoking empathy in the novel. She writes, “I’d rather you shoot a tin can in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after the birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit them, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee119). Atticus is explaining to Scout to not kill the mockingbird because it’s a sin. Lee evokes empathy by using the mockingbird to symbolize innocence.
To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which first lined book shelves in 1960.The novel, revolutionary for it’s time, came filled with many symbols embedded in the clever writing techniques utilized by Harper Lee. One of the most recognized symbols from this novel is its namesake, the mockingbird. By definition it is a bird noted for its ability to mimic the songs of other birds. Miss Maudie makes an excellent point stating, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 119). Symbolically throughout To Kill a Mockingbird a mockingbird represents pure goodness and innocence, but that innocence dies when corrupted by evil.
Father, lawyer, and friend, the gentlemanly Atticus Finch hopes to shape the character of his children. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is the story of the childhood of a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Throughout the book, Scout’s father, Atticus, tries his best to raise her and her brother, Jem, the right way as a single parent. To Kill a Mockingbird exemplifies the way the character of Atticus Finch either uses ritual or abandons it in order to develop certain character qualities within his children. He specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility.
Books cannot die because of the fact that they were never living, but Bradbury gives them life when comparing them pigeons. Pigeon are harmless birds that live in peace, but comparing them to burning books makes this future society seem even more cruel. It adds more tragic impact to the brutality of what is being
Finally, Boo shows characteristics of a mockingbird by leaving Scout and Jem presents in the tree, mending Jem’s pants after they ripped, and even kills Bob Ewell to save Scout and Jem. Resembling a mockingbird, all Boo does is contribute to others, he never arms them. Scout says: “Mr.Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that. That’s right, Sir. I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme to think for yourself through diction, imagery, and symbolism. In the first place, Harper Lee uses diction to develop the theme to think for yourself. For example in this quote it said, “ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (372). This shows how diction in this quote makes it more powerful by describing how Boo Radley sounded through Harper Lee’s choice in words. Also another quote with good diction is, “we never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing and it made me sad” (373).
It is a sin to kill a Mockingbird. It is a sin because they are innocent, good, protective animals that mind their own business and don 't do anything but good for their community. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird there are three mockingbirds in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. When there was a problem they could solve, they would solve it. Even if there was something they could do that would help someone in the slightest way they would do it.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley are two characters who represent the mockingbird. In the midst of finding who Boo truly is, Atticus Finch explains to his children, Jem and Scout, that it is a sin to kill the bird because they don’t do anything but make music. As the story progresses, and the two “mockingbirds” are being accused and attacked both verbally and physically, the identity of the mockingbirds surfaces. Tom Robinson was a crippled African American man whose left arm was a foot shorter than his right, where it was caught in a cotton gin. He was trying to help out Mayella Ewell by gathering firewood and chopping dressers because he felt sorry for her, but was accused of rape because of his color.
This idea is expressed during Scouts discussion with Miss Maudie on the topic of Mockingbirds “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. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." – pg. 98. The