In this essay, I am going to be talking about the different themes of the mockingbird and what it symbolised and represented throughout the novel. The symbolism of the mockingbird in To Kill A MockingBird changes throughout the book. The mockingbird can symbolize both innocence and beauty. Atticus and Miss Maudie tell Scout and Jem that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird because mockingbirds cause no harm to anyone or anything, they just sing. They make the world a better place and maybe even bring joy to the world as well. Mockingbirds are pure and innocent creatures and killing them would be very cruel. This book is called To Kill A Mockingbird, which in other words to me means, Killing innocence. ‘“Remember 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, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.” This shows that Atticus is trying to teach the children …show more content…
This book is saying even though a lot of the people in Maycomb are scared of Boo Radley and the Radley place that doesn't mean that it is right to judge a book off of its cover, same with racism in Maycomb, even though a lot of the people in that town are judgmental towards colored people doesn't mean that it is the right choice to be racist towards them. “Jem is deeply upset, cries immediately after the trial, and becomes angry every time Scout brings it up. Jem is losing his innocence.” This exemplifies that Jem is also kind of like the mockingbird, he was innocent at the beginning of the book but after the trial, I believe he has grown and lost his innocence. After the trial, he realized the harsh truth of reality and he knows that the judge didn't make the right decision, he knows it wasn't the right decision to say that Tom Robinson was
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Later Scout asks Mrs. Maudie, the Finch's next-door neighbor, about what Atticus said and she explains, “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 103). This means mockingbirds directly symbolize innocents, when Mrs. Maudie says they don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs she means they don't do anything wrong. So it would be a sin to kill something or someone that is innocent. Later in the book after Tom Robinson is found guilty even though Atticus proves his innocence beyond responsible doubt and it is shown to the courtroom that Bob Ewell is the true perpetrator.
After Tom Robinson’s trial Jem talks to scout about how "if there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?"(Lee 162). Jem realizes that not everyone is treated the same whether it be because of their skin, like Tom, or the way they act, like Boo Radley. He's learning that people are treated differently even though all men are created equally. Jem is coming of age and realizing the world is not the same as he had once seen.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Mockingbird is the main symbol in the story representing how the loss of innocence influences Scout Finch and the society she sees. With the story, To Kill a Mockingbird is to destroy innocence. This shows how evil and the realization of the truth can truly show society the cruel nature of what they do. Without this realization society will become blind of their actions and negligent.
While Scout is less knowledgeable of the trial, she sees Jem and how “... his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them,”(282). Jem is watching his father go against the beliefs of the majority of Maycomb, while trying to prove an innocent man free of his accused actions. Jem puts himself in Tom’s situation, fully able to comprehend the importance of the case. He takes the pain Tom Robinson must be experiencing into himself, knowing how this verdict is changing someone’s life forever. Jem’s mature knowledge and awareness makes him a compassionate person, which is what Atticus had always aspired for his son to be.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, the title itself is significant to the book. The author Harper Lee uses the symbol of the bird to reveal innocence. The symbol of the mockingbird, a bird that is beneficial because it gives pleasure, is reinforced through the characters of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Harper Lee uses Tom to develop her thematic statement that some people only want to help but get hurt by those who misunderstand them.
When Tom is convicted, Jem is very upset: “I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them” (282). It is in this moment that Jem is confronted with the sad reality of Maycomb’s bigotry, and his innocence is taken from him. Jem’s response to this realization is one of denial and avoidance as he tries to cling to his previous innocence. When Scout brings up Maycomb’s biases, “Jem was suddenly furious. He leaped off the bed, grabbed me by the collar and shook me.
To Kill a Mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, a number of characters such as Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Scout... etc., can be identified as Mockingbirds. Innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil. They don't know who is giving the evil to everyone but everyone thinks its Boo Radley from all the rumors they hear. The most important theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is the book’s exploration of the moral nature of human beings—that is, whether people are essentially good or essentially evil.
“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”. Miss Maudie, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is telling Scout that it is never ok to kill a mockingbird because they do not do any harm to anyone, and they are kind and are a symbol of goodness. Harper Lee uses the mockingbird to symbolize the characters, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell. Harper Lee uses the symbolism of the mockingbird to illustrate the character of Boo Radley.
The mockingbird symbol has a significant impact on the novel's themes and messages. One of the main themes is the destruction of innocence, specifically the loss of innocence that comes with growing up and experiencing the harsh realities of life. The mockingbird symbolizes the innocent people who are destroyed by society's prejudices and injustices. It also represents the importance of protecting those who are vulnerable and need
In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many different ways to show symbolism and in the book there are examples of symbolism throughout the book Symbolism is a literary device that a writer uses one thing, usually an actual object such as characters, events, and also objects. It helps readers visualize and also imply change on others. ¨Mockingbirds¨ The title of To Kill a Mockingbird doesn't have much connection to the story but it shows a great part of the story in the book. In this story of innocence destroyed by bad, the word“mockingbird” comes to represent innocence.
The mockingbird is a symbol of innocence, and therefore killing a mockingbird is a sin. Atticus says, “…but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (90). Miss Maudie says afterwards, “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” (90).
All they do is sing songs and enjoy their time of bieng a bird. They don’t try to kill things, they don’t destroy gardens, they don’t do anything bad. And all they can do is be innocent so there is no reason why mockingbirds should be shot down and killed. “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (103) isn’t only referring to the Mocking bird itself but he was referring to other people in the story, for example Boo Radley was an innocent man but was injured by the monstrous evil around him.
Mockingbird, a southern novel, Harper Lee uses the characterization of Atticus and Boo Radley. Lee also uses the symbolism of the mockingbird in her book. Both the characters and the symbolism show that innocence should be defended rather than attacked. To begin with, Atticus develops the theme by defending his children from racism and, also, defending Tom in court despite all the struggles.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee many characters are victims of the harsh conditions of Maycomb County. Often those who are seen to be metaphorical mockingbirds are punished the most. A mockingbird is one who only wants and attempts to do good. Characters such as Boo Radley, Jem Finch and Tom Robinson are exemplars of mockingbirds in Maycomb. In the novel it is explained by Atticus that killing a mockingbird is a sin because they do not do anything to harm to us like nesting in corncribs, or eating up the gardens, they only sing for us.
This metaphor compares Scout’s school progress to a treadmill. The author shows how Scout hates school to make us believe that she has shown no progress in the Maycomb County school system. The comparison to a treadmill helps show that Scout’s learning experience is going nowhere. This is because a treadmill goes nowhere, as well. The quote means that Scout is slowly going through the school years.