Lee's portrayal of this outstanding character and his Chivalrous acts highlights why he is the main reference to the image of the mockingbird in the title. Miss Maudie explains to young Scout Finch that, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Miss Maudie's definition of a mockingbird and her vindication on why it is a sin fits perfectly with the character of Tom Robinson, especially in his situation with Mayella.
The metaphorical characters definitely share various similarities compared to the mockingbird. Tom Robinson and Arthur (Boo) Radley are both innocent characters that do not inflict harm on others, but society disregards their say and persecutes them irrationally. Also, Mayella Ewell is a fallen mockingbird that once struggled for innocence, punished herself by leading an innocent man to die. However, no matter the damage society inflicts upon Tom, Arthur, and Mayella, they will still encompass a bit of innocence deep within themselves that will never be destroyed. Additionally, Harper Lee, illustrates a well-composed novel that explores mature topics of prejudice and racism, all while addressing a major metaphorical message that it expresses to kill a mockingbird is undeniably the ultimate evil of our
Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who doesn’t feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” The novel, To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos of human behavior. Atticus, a protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird with high moral standards. Boo radley, a shy and innocent white man who was convicted for a crime that he didn’t commit. Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white female which is completely false.
Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson are all portrayed as the mockingbird for many reasons that are all different to each other. Atticus Finch is considered a mockingbird because he does not show any type of prejudice. An example of this is when Atticus takes on Tom Robinson's alleged rape court case. This shows a lot of courage and attitudes of a mockingbird because he knows that the case is going to be very hard because it is a white man's word against a black mans. Even though Atticus does not win the court case, which he should have because all the evidence was showing that Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, but rather she was lying about it to cover up her abusive father, Atticus reassures Tom that he will
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates that the world is surrounded with good and evil. Scout, Jem and Dill all start innocent, but when they become aware of the evil from the adult world, it forces them to mature quickly. It makes them realize the truth about life, being that there's good, but also evil. Harper Lee uses prejudices in To Kill A Mockingbird to show the evil in life. She shows this through women not being allowed to take part of the jury, people being judged on their social class or their different lifestyle but the most prominent is racism since the jury convicts Tom for a crime he didn't commit just because he was black.
Another example of Atticus showing sympathy towards people is a case with Bob Ewell. There was a scene when Bob Ewell made a barbaric attitude by spitting in Atticus’s face, yet Atticus didn’t mind it and just simply walked away. In this scene, Atticus demonstrated a lot strength of restraint and dignity by resisting to retribute for Bob’s action. “Caring people no matter how nasty they are” is the lesson, which he taught to his son. The “mockingbirds” in this book, are innocent people who have a pure heart.
“Remember it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” this is a quote from Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. This book shows that how white people treated black people unfairly in that day, but Atticus still teaches his children the right way, and do the right thing. Atticus, as a justice lawyer, choose to help the poor black young man to prove the truth, even though he knew that this will not work, but he still choose the right thing. As a father and a parent, he chooses to teach his child the right thing, and treat his children as an adult. He always chooses the right thing to do and persist in doing things that he think is right, no matter how others thinks.
To Kill a Mockingbird The title of To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t significant to a lot of people who read or hear about the book, but when you uncover the true meaning behind the title, the book 's events make much more sense. To Kill a Mockingbird’s connection from the title to the rest of the books is shown when Tom Robinson is convicted for something he didn 't do, what Jem thinks about innocence, and what Scout thinks of Boo Radley. References to the essence of the mockingbird are spread throughout the book, showing that when the innocent are accused bad things will happen. During the trial, lots of tension between the black and white community arose. Miss Maudie was one of the first people to explain to the kids how wrong the trial was
"-Atticus (Lee. pg 217). Atticus accepts Tom for a person and he knows Tom is innocent and telling the truth. The jury on the other which is predominantly white can not accept Tom based on the fact that he is black even though the evidence points to him being innocent. The universal theme of acceptance is quite heavily emphasized in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
As Nelson Mandela wisely said “ I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” The story centers around the Finch family and the lessons that both Jem and Scout Finch learn as their father defends a black man accused of rape. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we see the idea of true courage reflected in Jem Finch’s journey. With her words, Harper Lee paints a picture of what true courage as it is, and Jem Finch takes this lesson to heart as he sees examples of true courage in his life. For most of Jem’s life he had this false idea of bravery.