Theme Of Unicorns In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, there are many references and ideas to one specific animal; the Mockingbird. Throughout the book, we have seen how important the idea of the Mockingbird is. It is represented through many characters such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. However, I think there is another idea that is easily as good as “To Kill a Mockingbird.” If I were to rename “To Kill a Mockingbird”, I would rename it to “A Unicorn’s Horn.” Now, I know what you’re thinking. A Unicorn’s Horn? Reallly? Well, if you actually think about it, it makes sense. Unicorns and Mockingbirds are actually pretty close. They are both viewed as defenseless animals, who are just there. In the novel, this closely represents Tom and Boo. In terms of…show more content…
In multiple cases, the horn of a unicorn is supposed to have healing powers. It’s powers can heal sicknesses to making poisonous water drinkable. Boo Radley represents the horn while the sickness could be Bob Ewell. Bob was trying to get back at Atticus and thought that attacking his children instead of Atticus himself would be a good idea. While attempting it, Boo came in to help the children and ended up killing Bob. Now, there are many thoughts on Boo killing Bob. Some say it wasn’t him and some say that it was him. From all the evidence that we are given, it all points to Boo. Mr. Tate says that only someone who could see in the dark could have really done anything. Since Boo is always inside, he is more accustomed to the dark. Also, when Atticus and Tate were arguing over how Ewell died, they were trying to protect Boo from attention. This brings up the the title “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Boo is the mockingbird and by accusing Boo of killing Bob, you are essentially killing him. The public would know about Boo, which is exactly what he doesn’t want. That’s why he stays in his house. They were trying to protect Boo, because if they didn’t they would have killed a mockingbird, which is a sin. As you can see, “A Unicorn’s Horn” is a good title for the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It considers the themes and ideas that we are given in the novel and the unicorn-mockingbird connection makes sense.
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