That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The title is referring to Boo Radley and Tom Robinson neither did anything wrong yet they were criticized for it. In the case of Boo he even was there to help yet Scout was still reluctant to be around
Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley. The children at first see him as this scary monster, but after showing them kindness the kids see him as kind hearted, and gentle. Much like a mockingbird; from that they learned just like a book, you can’t judge someone by what you hear, or see. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee gives readers a chance to see how racism in the deep south turned into injustice and leads to the killing of innocent minorities. By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught.
Scout gave in to the lie that, “Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work” (Lee 10). In result of Boo’s low social development, many people did not know what he was like, and just assumed that he was evil. The residents of Maycomb all knew each other very profoundly; however, Boo Radley was the most unknown man to the population. He and his family were blamed for almost every wrong thing that occurred in the town. Scout Finch observes that Boo Radley had been extremely generous to his fellow neighbors, but the Finches never paid him back, “We never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing, and it made me sad” (Lee 373).
Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But Neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing and it made me sad. (Lee 320).
He called both of them over to him but they were not sure what to do. “As Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man I accepted his invitation reluctantly, but I followed Dill” (Lee 267). When they began to talk they found out that what he was drinking was coke and not alcohol, like people assumed he was and that he was a really nice man who just didn’t want to deal wiht the world around him. Scout’s neighbor Boo Radley had never gone outside before and shown his face. This made the town talk and they made up stories about why he never came out.
Scout realizes that she hasn’t done enough for Boo and feels bad for accusing him of being a monster. “Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return.
The mockingbird represents Boo Radley, Atticus, Tom Robinson, and innocence. “…remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird” (LEE 90). This quote supports the symbolism because the innocent are “killed” and “kept in jail” for no valid reason. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.
In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee many people in the town of Maycomb are treated very differently due to their skin color, or rumors they heard from people. Arthur “Boo” Radley was treated differently because he was never seen. When truly Boo isn't any of what they think but because people look at the outside of a person they judge them and treat people different because they aren't like them. The author reveals that it is important to recognize that all humans deserve respect regardless of their status in society. One of the main examples of this theme in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is when the community of Maycomb is being racist towards their African American community.
Chuck Palahniuk once said, “We’ve spent so much time judging what other people created, that we’ve created very, very little of our own.” Bruton, the protagonist in the short story “Welding with Children” is a very subjective character that judges all around him, yet fails to realize that he has a relatively colossal problem in his life. There is discord within his family and specifically with his grandchildren and Bruton becomes conscious that the past has caught up with him. Tim Gautreaux’s characterization of Bruton portrays a comical, yet compassionate image of how judgement and lack thereof can cause a character’s perspective to change and establish a theme. Gautreaux uses the protagonist’s judgement of his own family and others to give a vision into his present and past life, but when he is judged, he is revolutionized and makes an effort to redeem and restore his character. When examining Bruton’s personality, the reader can sense that he is a sarcastic, hardworking welder that did not succeed in college, but learned about “people
As you can see, Boo Radley is a character who was just misjudged by society and he is actually very kind and innocent showing he is a Mockingbird. Another Mockingbird in the story is Tom Robinson, a man who does not do anything wrong, except have the wrong skin color in the city of Maycomb. Tom Robinson was
Would you agree it would be horrible if not sinful to harm something good and innocent like perhaps a mockingbird? In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus, the narrator’s father, says “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg.119) when telling her what she can and can’t shoot with her new air gun. Scout tells us that Atticus never says something is a sin; so why would he say that maybe to teach her it’s bad to harm a good and innocent creature. Atticus’s quote means more than just it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird but that it is wrong to harm or kill something that is innocent and does only good. The mockingbird is just a symbol of something that does only good because they don’t nest where they aren’t wanted; they don’t