Killingbirdss In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,”(pg. 92) In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch teaches his children not not to kill mockingbirds because they are innocent; all they do is help and get treated poorly. All throughout the novel multiple people are seen as “mockingbirds”. In the novel, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Boo (Arthur) Radley are all metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds because they all try to help others, yet they are mistreated. Boo (Arthur) Radley is seen as a mockingbird when he gives Scout and Jem gifts before meeting them. “He was our neighbor; he gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch, and a chain, a pair of good luck pennies and our lives,”(pg. 282). This is considered being a mockingbird because Boo does for they Finch family despite his being labeled the neighborhood wacko. Boo is talked about and judged before he is able to get the opportunity to show who he really is. “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal…show more content…
Boo Radley is a mockingbird because people in his society judge him before they know him and he helps people without being asked. Atticus Finch is a mockingbird because he is willing to seek justice for any and everyone despite the consequences. Lastly, Tom Robinson is a mockingbird because he gets judged based on his skin color but he still helps other people and takes the negativity. Being a mockingbird is a good thing and admirable quality. Being a mockingbird means doing the right thing no matter the

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