To Kill A Mockingbird Aphorism

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Remember that special bird that always seems to be belting its cheerful tunes? Has anyone ever told you to appreciate the bird’s special knack for singing? Or rather, to do no harm to the frail animal since, after all, “It's a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, pg.119). Harper Lee took this aphorism and turned it on its head: she gave this phrase a new meaning by creating the critically acclaimed novel, To Kill A Mockingbird starring the brother sister duo, Scout and Jem, both of whom constantly finding themselves in the most unlikely but simultaneously relatable predicaments. The audience follows the pair through their highs and lows in a key coming of age story. Harper lee incorporated literary devices in this novel, those being: foreshadowing, symbolism, and imagery to further push the concept of maturing and adjusting to the “real” world. For instance, imagery plays a crucial role in any great author’s writing, most especially with Harper Lee’s works. By simply flipping through Lee’s novel. The reader will discover the multiple instances of Lee painting her perception of the characters’ expressions and emotions, or even…show more content…
This device is what authors use in their books to hint towards a future major event. Now, looking backwards to symbolism and the example of the mocking bird, this is where the saying “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” all ties in. Tom robinson, as already discussed, is the victim of racism and injustice of the south in the 1930s. If Tom Robinson was hypothetically put in the bird’s shoes, virtually nothing is different. An innocent man convicted and sentenced to a crime completely pulled out of the air and is shot dead the moment he tries to resist, when he tries to escape back to his family. The whole concept seems unjust but that was the sad truth of how it was back a few 86 years ago. The killing of Tim Johnson also hints at Mr.Robinson’s unfortunate death, even the names are extremely similar, Tim and
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