Finally, Boo shows characteristics of a mockingbird by leaving Scout and Jem presents in the tree, mending Jem’s pants after they ripped, and even kills Bob Ewell to save Scout and Jem. Resembling a mockingbird, all Boo does is contribute to others, he never arms them. Scout says: “Mr.Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that. That’s right, Sir. I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm.
With that amount of respect and integrity, standing up for Tom Robinson makes sense. In chapter 10, Atticus told Jem and Scout, “Shoot all the bluejays you want if you hit’em, but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (pg.90). Atticus believes that killing a mockingbird or an innocent man for no reason is disobeying the Golden Rule. Therefore, when Atticus stood up Tom Robinson during the trial, he was treating Tom with the same respect as he has treated Mayella with. For instance, in chapter 11 Atticus explained to his children, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, not a man with a gun… it’s when you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway.” (pg.
Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251). Mayella is trying to protect herself and her dad when she lies in court about who raped her. Atticus comes up with all of this evidence to push the blame onto Mr. Ewell that is very
For instance, when Jem and Atticus were on private grounds Atticus tells Jem about mockingbirds by saying ,” I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after the birds. Shoot all the Bluejays you want , if you can hit'em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”(Lee 90). Atticus is showing that shooting birds are fine but mockingbirds who do nothing should never be shot because of their innocence. Using symbolism, the mockingbird can represent Tom Robinson and his innocence. Tom Robinson was innocent but they killed him when they called him guilty in his court case.
Tom is another example because the Ewells take advantage of his life to get away with their own. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses characters to show that the innocent should be left alone. The first example of a mockingbird is Jem Finch. In this story a mockingbird is something that is weak and is taken advantage of. Jem’s
Tate Jenkins Mrs. Adams English 1 Honors 10 November 2015 What is the Effect of Bradbury’s Diction in Fahrenheit 451? (Learning Target #5) In Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, the author uses similes comparing books to birds to suggest the cruelty and violence of this society. The books are compared to pigeons to show how cruel the future society is. “The flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn” (Bradbury 1). Books cannot die because of the fact that they were never living, but Bradbury gives them life when comparing them pigeons.
It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird like it was a sin to kill Tom. Tom Robinson did not die in vain, all he did was try to help out and be good to this world. He did no harm, but had to die because he was a Negro. So, he had to be lying right? Another example shown was “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” says Scout on page 276.
Mockingbirds in Maycomb “Mockingbird 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,” stated Miss Maudie. She enjoys mockingbirds and thinks they are nothing but sweet and kind creatures. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression.
Another point was when the children got their their air-riffles christmas, Atticus taught Jem a lesson. “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…Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us.
Atticus has treated the Cunningham’s well, and in return they’ve gained deep respect for him. Atticus treats others the way he wants to be treated. He leads by example to teach this to his children. Respect also leads to other lessons. An example occurs when Jem and Scout find out about Mrs. Dubose’s past addiction and recent death, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.