It's A Sin To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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Metaphorical Mockingbirds We write so many essays about the metaphors and meanings written into novels that we start to question whether an author really intends to plant such complex metaphors into their stories in the first place, but either way when they flower into such an integral theme, we suspend all disbelief. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and published in 1960 by Harper Lee. The novel is set in the 1930’s in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. We watch the events of To Kill a Mockingbird play out through the eyes of Scout Finch, a young girl living with her father Atticus and brother, Jem as she attempts to come to terms with the prejudice and racism of the citizens of Maycomb. They, along with their friend Dill engage in many adventures with the fascination of their recluse neighbor Boo Radley. In chapter ten of the novel, Atticus tells Jem, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90) and though some…show more content…
Did she mean for the mockingbird to be Tom or Boo, or did she really mean for it to be the sudden acceleration at which Scout and Jem are forced to grow up? This is shown by the scenes in which Dill loses it in the courthouse during the trial and runs out, and also when Jem questions Atticus afterward about the injustice of it all and Atticus makes the statement “seems that only children weep.” Talking about how children are the only ones to truly comprehend the atrocities of the trial. In the world today we can also see children being forced to grow up very fast in the midst of violence and prejudice. The many recent school shootings are a perfect example of this. These children lose their childhood- never to be returned the instant a killer walks into their school. They suddenly see all the hate and hurt in the world and do not understand it. We are born unprejudiced and pure, it is our duty to hold onto and nurture that love and acceptance our whole
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