Similes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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There are many ideas presented throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The central idea behind the book is that people should not hurt those who are innocent, there are several examples throughout the book that help represent this main idea such as symbolism, similes, and some of characters from the book. To Kill a Mockingbird shows many examples of symbolism that supports the main idea of the book being people should not hurt those who are innocent. An example of this is the character Tom Robinson. In chapter 10 page 119 Scout repeats something Atticus had previously told Jem and her “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Miss Maudie then says “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing…show more content…
One of which is in chapter 30 page 370 when Scout says that “Well it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” Scout says this to Atticus after Maycomb’s sheriff tried to convince Atticus that even if Jem or Boo Radley had stabbed Bob Ewell their actions would have been justified as Mr. Ewell had gotten Tom Robinson who was innocent killed. In response to the sheriff and Atticus’s conversation Scout tried to further justify the sheriff’s decision, that Bob had stabbed himself, by saying that if Boo Radley were to be taken to court it would be like shooting a mockingbird which Atticus says is a sin. This simile helps to represent the main idea of the book that people should not harm others that are innocent since Scout and the sheriff are defending Boo Radley who had stabbed Mr. Ewell in the process of defending the Finch children. In To Kill a Mockingbird there are many ideas that the book wants you to take away from reading the story. What the main one in the book that is talked about several times over is that you should not harm anyone or anything that is innocent. This idea is talked about through similes, symbolism, and by many characters in the
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