. but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The connection between songbirds and innocents is made explicitly several times in the book, Mr. Underwood likens Tom Robinson’s death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children”, the moral imperative to protect the vulnerable governs Atticus’s decision to take Tom’s case. Atticus is constantly teaching his children and community about the importance of values and staying true to your
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.
Ultimately, Tom Robinson best represents the symbol of a mockingbird, meaning innocent, in the text because he does helpful tasks for others and is misunderstood and never means to harm anyone. “Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples
At this part, Atticus Finch can be seen as a mockingbird because there are people who believe Atticus is doing the right thing and support him. This is similar to a mockingbird because both Atticus and mockingbirds are supported and cherished by some people. Atticus is supported because of he follows moral values than society’s values. Mockingbirds are appreciated by people who enjoy their chirping. It can be concluded that Atticus gets hate and love from people, similar to a mockingbird.
Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley. The children at first see him as this scary monster, but after showing them kindness the kids see him as kind hearted, and gentle. Much like a mockingbird; from that they learned just like a book, you can’t judge someone by what you hear, or see. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee gives readers a chance to see how racism in the deep south turned into injustice and leads to the killing of innocent minorities. By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught.
To the children, so much as entering the front yard of the Radley house is a terrifying feat. At this time, the children do not understand Boo’s situation, as they have yet to meet him and know little about him apart from the stories. In the end, the children learn that Boo has been watching them all along and has even been a helpful presence in their lives. He was the one who left gifts in the tree outside the Radley yard for Scout and Jem, and he gave Scout a blanket during the fire. More importantly, however, Boo was the mysterious figure who saved the Finch children from Bob Ewell’s attack.
He lists the injustice each animals face such as the horse having her children taken away and hens having their eggs taken. MLK also doesn’t tell his audience about any of his personal experiences unlike Old Major. Old Major says how he has seen the cruel acts of Jones and this helps the audience relate better because they begin to fear the same will happen to them. MLK didn’t include any personal experiences in his speech which would’ve shown that even a great man like MLK faces the injustice known as segregation.
The motif of the mockingbird ultimately means innocence. After Radley rescues her, Scout realizes that he is, symbolically, a mockingbird. He is revealed as a friend of the Finches, who, when needed most, appeared and helped them. Atticus’ belief in the letter of the law causes him to advocate for a trial of Jem for the killing Mr. Ewell. However, Jem did not kill him and is innocent.
One example that demonstrates Atticus’s responsibility is when he explains to Jem and Scout that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. In chapter ten, Atticus gives Jem and Scout some air-rifles. Atticus then explains to them, “ ‘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, is you can hit’ em, but remember it’s to kill a mockingbird.’ ” (Lee 119). Later, Scout finds out that the only thing mockingbirds do is make beautiful music and should never be punished for it.
In the the story ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, the mockingbird is a symbol, represented by Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, because it shows how judging others based on appearance can be harmful to the person who is being criticized. Boo Radley is a man whose pureness was robbed because of the way people thought of him throughout the novel. First and foremost, in the very beginning of the book, Scout looks back on her childhood as an adult. She talks about how Maycomb was back in the day and describes how people in the neighborhood thought about Boo Radley. Scout explains, “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows.