Ewell being a malicious evil introduced to the children’s lives, his very presence contributed to the meaning of the story. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the children learn that every person is not what they seem and with every trial comes a lesson. In Chapter 10, Atticus Finch says, “‘ remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (119). The significance of this quote is later understood by Scout Finch; it was a sin to kill a peaceful creature that never harmed anyone. Mr. Ewell’s wrongdoings lead to the death of Tom Robinson, and later he himself was killed for his unjust actions.
Maudie about shooting with their guns. Another is when Tom Robinson died, and the last is when Boo Radley gives the children gifts. To kill a mockingbird is a sin. A mockingbird is a bird that is sole purpose is to make music, and to kill it is like killing the innocent; which is a sin.
I tell you!” (Lee 135). Atticus’s beliefs about Tom Robinson’s innocence are accurate; he had played no part in Mayella’s rape. Like a mockingbird, Tom Robinson had never caused
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. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us.
The main theme of racism can be summed up by one quote spoken by Atticus Finch, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, 2004, p. 98). This device of symbolism represents mockingbirds such as Tom Robinson as innocent creatures prejudiced by society based on race and misconceived beliefs. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird as they have done no wrong and committed no crime. An event that reinforces this theme is the murder of Tom Robinson and how it can be compared to the senseless slaughter of songbirds. Atticus challenges the theme of racism by defending Tom Robinson in court to the absolute best of his ability, despite his community’s disapproval.
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.
Scout is considered to be the “mockingbird” of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird ,by Harper Lee. According to the article Excerpts From: “Don’t Put Your Shoes on the Bed: A Moral Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird.” “mockingbird” means, “... a serene creature with nothing but beautiful music to offer” (Stiltner 1). In other words, a “mockingbird” is a peaceful bird that is innocent. In the part of the novel when Tom Robinson was convicted of raping Mayella Ewell and Atticus was told to defend Tom, Scout heard about this and asked Atticus, “ “What’s rape?”(Lee 180).
In Harper Lee’s coming-of-age story, To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was mistakenly accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Robinson was later to be found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. He was found guilty because justice isn’t blind. The courtroom is supposed to be a place where religion,
“Now look you… I will come to you in the black of some terrible night… bring a reckoning that will shudder you… I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down”. In order to save herself she did extreme things; she made people fear of her, that way people would obey. In act II, she accused Elizabeth Proctor of witchery; she said that Elizabeth used poppets to damage her. Abagail Williams had a horrible obsession with John Proctor; she invented false testimonies in order to keep away Elizabeth form John. The fact is that because her name was pure in Salem, almost everybody trusted her.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” - Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird. A character like atticus is why To Kill a Mockingbird can explain the ugly things in the world like racism through his words to Jem and Scout which lets us understand what Atticus is saying but also the deeper meaning behind it. Similar effects of this is also seen through symbolism in the books with mockingbirds but most important would be the dog.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee used many literary techniques throughout the chapters. One technique she used is juxtaposition and occurred in part one, between chapters ten and eleven. Juxtaposition is a comparison tool, used by putting two things next to each other for comparison. Jem and Scout developed different views from chapter ten to eleven showed by this comparison. Harper Lee's decision to juxtapose the events which happen is chapter ten and eleven highlight the lesson they learn.
In the novel to kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the author reveals different aspects of southern society in the early 1930’s, where the Great Depression reigned, creating hate and empowering segregation of black communities. The story is based on the trial of a black folk, Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white women. He is defended by Atticus Finch, a lawyer in Maycomb County; father of Jem and Scout. The evolution of Jem into a world of injustice is clearly remarkable. Throughout the novel, he changes into a more mature and understanding body as he learns to live with different kind of people in multiple events.
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-- 'Sir?' --until you climb into his skin and walk around in it" (Lee, 39). To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, follows the story of Scout Finch, Jem Finch, and everyone in the town of Maycomb. They experience conflict, including a pivotal trial that changes their lives. To Kill A Mockingbird has many themes, often making the book easy to categorize into many genres.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird we learn about how Jem’s innocence is broken down from the beginning to the end of the story. These examples are shown throughout the course of the trial and Jem and Scout’s adventures in the book. One example of his innocence being broken down is when we learn Tom Robinson is convicted of rape even though all the evidence showed that Mr. Ewell had abused Mayella and convicted Tom for revenge. In chapter 21 Scout even points out how Jem was offended by how the trial ended, “Judge Taylor was polling the jury: "Guilty... guilty... guilty... guilty..." 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.”
Correspondingly to figurative language, Lee also uses diction is to imply a message about racism and justice in Maycomb County. The "inflexible and time regarded code" of society was that, while, white individuals could utilize and even endeavor African-Americans, there could be no individual relationship between African-Americans and whites and no acknowledgment that African-Americans had the same responses and emotions as white individuals. Furthermore, there was an obnoxious assumption "that all Blacks lie, that all Blacks are essentially indecent creatures". “Despite the fact that Calpurnia is a female, Aunt Alexandra neglects her great work as a result of her race” (Lee p.129). The Court trial is described by Lee with strong diction in