As Isaac Staney states in his article, “The Case Against To Kill a Mockingbird”, “...To Kill a Mockingbird gives no inkling of this mass protest and instead creates an indelible impression that the entire Black community existed in a complete state of paralysis.” The main metaphor of the book is that African Americans are similar to mockingbirds, but the way that Miss Maudie, Scout’s neighbor, describes mockingbirds paints African American people into something they’re not: “‘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. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (Lee 103). By saying that mockingbirds don’t do anything, Lee is implying that African American people were just bystanders. Additionally, saying that mockingbirds “don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy”, implies that the African Americans are only there to please the white people in Maycomb, a very ecocentric view.
Historical Influences in To Kill A Mockingbird “The Great Depression was a time of devastation and uncertainty. After the stock market crashed in October 1929, millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes” (McCabe 12). Harper Lee used real-life events like the Great Depression– as To Kill A Mockingbird took place during this time period– as inspiration to give the book more authenticity. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, there are connections to the Jim Crow laws and mob mentality. The first historical influence on To Kill a Mockingbird is the Jim Crow laws.
To Kill a Mockingbird was published right as the Civil Rights Movement peaked in the 1960s. Lee 's interest in the subject of civil injustices in the south began when she was just five years old. At the time, nine black men were on trial for raping two white women. This was a highly controversial and publicized trial. In the end, the nine men were sentenced to lengthy prison time.
A mockingbird is a North American bird that imitates the calls of other birds, and it is a harmless bird. Miss Maudie explains to Scout that Mockingbirds do not do anything but make music for others to enjoy. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. A mockingbird represents innocence and the killing of them symbolizes senseless and ignorant. One of the major motifs in this book is gothic.
That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (90). Mockingbirds symbolize innocence, they don’t harm nor are they evil, same as most blacks that were falsely judged during that time. In addition, Lee wanted people to realize that color aside, they’re all human, “I cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too.” (201). She stressed the idea that if all differences were pushed away then in the end they are all the same, they are all people, no one is above one another. During the trial,
To Kill a Mockingbird has many themes that can affect and relate to any readers. Although the novel is around sixty years old, its important messages still impact readers today. The novel is based on the childhood memories of Harper Lee, the author, during the times of the Civil Rights. In To Kill a Mockingbird the main characters Scout, Jem, and Atticus are greatly affected by the racism going on around them and it shapes them to go against society 's norm, while also informing and inspiring all readers in a variety of ways. First, To Kill a Mockingbird is an informational novel, that could not had been so accurately written if the author, Harper Lee have not lived through those times herself.
While serenely reading a book, the sweet voice of a songbird travels through the window. The sound may have come from the beak of a mockingbird. This petite gray bird is completely harmless. Their sole purpose is to provide music for us to enjoy. This is why Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird, is always told that “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (119).
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a story set in Southern Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s. The story shows an improper American society filled to the brim with prejudice, which ends in the extensive separation of the the people of a different social status. First mentioned by Atticus, the well-known saying “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird,” (Pg. 90) that mockingbirds are benevolent animals that do nothing but sing their hearts out. Lee weaves in the depiction of the mockingbird to symbolize the destruction of innocence.
Racism Will Not End There is tons of evidence from “To Kill a Mockingbird” America will never achieve true racial and social equality. Bob Ewell throughout the novel is constantly making racist comments and being out right rude to everyone associated to Tom Robinson. In the time period that To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the middle of when racism and segregation was at its peak. Since that point in time there has been racism all over the world and it is never going to end because of the shear number of how many racists are still around, and when they have kids they will teach them to be racist too. As of right now racism is a thing but it isn’t as big as it was 30 years ago.
The mockingbird symbolizes something or someone whos pure and has never done anything bad. However, All the people that symbolize mockingbirds are social outcasts in Maycomb. The most notorious character despised in all of Maycomb is Boo Radley, and he is a Mockingbird and a social outcast. Throughout the book, Boo Radley is portrayed as the bad guy who sneaks out at night, steals things and makes trouble for people in the town of Maycomb. Although, towards the end of the book Jem speaks to Scout about Boo Radley.