Mockingbirds are an important symbol because they represent goodness and innocence. In this book, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are two innocent men, similar to mockingbirds, who get taken advantage of due to their innocence. Atticus and Miss Maudie teach Scout and Jem that it’s a sin to harm anything innocent by using the example of mockingbirds. Mockingbirds are innocent because they only positively affect people through their singing. Scout and Jem have just received air guns from Atticus for Christmas, and they are learning what they’re not allowed to shoot at.
Boo Radley is a mockingbird because he represents the protection that mockingbirds display. Boo displays protection towards the children (Jem and Scout) a couple of times throughout the story. In the beginning, when Jem, Scout, and Dill went Hunter 2 onto Boo’s property he shows protection by not telling Atticus or anybody else that he knew that it was Jem and Scout who were on his lawn. Boo then stitches Jem’s pants that got ripped off when he was crawling under the fence and he leaves them out for Jem to retrieve them. He protected the children from getting in huge trouble from Atticus and he protected their reputation because the entire town would hear about how they intruded and that would look bad on Jem and Scout.
After Katniss was selected as tribute, Primrose in turn gave the pin back to her, once again telling Katniss that the pin would keep her safe. Katniss and Rue used the songs of the mockingjays to communicate to each other when they were separated, since mockingbirds could imitate human sounds, such as whistling, singing, or humming. Mockingjays can represent hope and rebellion. The general theme of the Hunger Games is love. Some evidence of love includes sacrifice, family, and hope.
Atticus persistently implants the concept to Jem and Scout that it is cruel to harm an innocent being. When Atticus apprises Scout that she should not shoot at mockingbirds during a hunting lesson, Scout refers to a friendly adult for interpretation and learns, “Mockingbirds don 't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy [...] That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Through
In the story, the innocents are destroyed by evil, the “mockingbird” comes to represent the idea of innocence. Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Such as when Atticus says “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (103). Another example could be when Boo stabs Bob Ewell to save Jem and Scout, which sheriff Tate decides to say that Mr.Ewell fell on the knife, so Boo won’t have to go to court. In which Scout says “Well, it’d be sort of shootin a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (317).
He teaches them what’s right and good, and when they get guns to shoot with he tells Jem that he can shoot as many bluejays he wants, but to remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. This refers to the title of the novel. Jem, Atticus daughter and narrator, wonders why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird and asks Miss Maudie, their neighbour, about her father’s statement. She explains to her that a mockingbird does not bother anyone. They don’t eat crops, build nests in the trees, they simply just sing “their hearts out”.
When she receives an air gun as a gift, Scout is instructed to leave the mockingbirds alone for “its a sin to kill a mockingbird” and they pose no threat. Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol of purity, innocence and harmlessness. Tom Robinson is a black male “Old Mr. Bob Ewell accused... of rapin‘ his girl” (Mayella Ewell a young white girl) “an’ had him arrested an‘ put in jail—” Though all evidence points to her father, Robert Ewell Tom is convicted. In this situation, Tom is the mockingbird; shot down even though he has done no harm to anyone. Harper continues to address this theme when scout wears pants instead of dresses.
A woman named Harper Lee wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird”, which about the life of two siblings, Jem and Scout Finch, and their experiences in the eventful Maycomb County. It is written in the perspective of Scout. It is important that it is written in first person narrative because it emphasizes on the characters. Unlike third person omniscient, first person narrative shows the reader the truth of the character, which is very important when you want to see flesh in the developing character. Reading in first person narrative allows the readers to engage with the characters better and that is experienced with Scout while reading this great piece of literature.
To Kill A Mockingbird You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view - Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. My topics were how is empathy demonstrated or learned by Atticus, How is Empathy demonstrated by Scout and How is empathy demonstrated or learned by Jem. How is empathy shown throughout the characters among the storyline? Atticus believes that not only black people but everyone deserves a fair go whether it's a court case or not. When Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell everyone in Maycomb was for the side of Bob Ewell and Mayella, The white people always put their word before a black man's word.
Atticus said to Jem one day, ‘I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but 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, 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. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.
Calpurnia also allows Scout to wear overalls whereas Aunt Alexandra encourages Scout to wear dresses as it is more ladylike. This is once again an example of how these two women are involved in social prejudice; Calpurnia is trying to do what is best for the children when Aunt Alexandra is only trying to obey the social class order. Prejudice is shown in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee through the contrasting characters and how they differ with characters of similar roles in social and racial situations. The contrasting ways in which Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell act towards the court case make racial prejudice an obvious issue, and the contrasting opinions and influences between Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra make social prejudice
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the many symbols is a roly-poly. In chapter 25 of To kill A Mockingbird, scout finds a bug and attempts to squish it when Jem tells her to stop. Jem says, “Don’t do that, Scout, set him out on the back steps.” Scout makes fun of Jem for being so sympathetic toward the bug. Jem being sympathetic towards the bug shows his maturity. Jem understands that it’s not just a bug.