As Atticus’s character is the enforcer of anti-racism and proves how killing the dog was necessary in taking a step in stopping racism. Which in the beginning of the chapter ten Atticus states “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 119) What atticus is implying is that the mockingbirds are black people and they do nothing to us but sing yet they still face racism. So, when Atticus shoots the dog being like the blue jay it's more of atticus stopping racism showing how Atticus plans to try to abolish racism even by death. Racism seems to seep through one’s mind,latter burrowing into more as the idea spreads infecting the judgement of people. It's curable to an extent, but the idea can’t be stopped only unsupported by the people, people whom can look past a color of one's skin and accept them as a human being.
It portrays African American people as bystanders who do nothing and don’t speak up for themselves, which is something historically inaccurate. Not only were African Americans involved in Civil Rights, African Americans were the Civil Rights activists. To Kill a Mockingbird wrongfully ignores the brave and inspiring African American Civil Rights activists, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The book almost “erases” history, and paints a false picture of the past by depicting a white savior. As Isaac Staney states in his article, “The Case Against To Kill a Mockingbird”, “...To Kill a Mockingbird gives no inkling of this mass protest and instead creates an indelible impression that the entire Black community existed in a complete state of paralysis.” The main metaphor of the book is that African Americans are similar to mockingbirds, but the way that Miss Maudie, Scout’s neighbor, describes mockingbirds paints African American people into something they’re not: “‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.
In a movie, music sets the tone and mood and also gets the watcher’s attention also have different emotions. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930s’ during the Great Depression. The main character Scout Finch has a father named Atticus Finch. He is a lawyer who decides to take a case involving a black man named Tom Robinson who is being accused of sexually assaulting a white girl named Mayella Ewell. Mayella Ewell comes from a poor family who is viewed in the Maycomb society as “white trash.” The Finch family has to face harsh criticism in the heavily racist Maycomb because of Atticus decision to help Tom.
The main theme of racism can be summed up by one quote spoken by Atticus Finch, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, 2004, p. 98). This device of symbolism represents mockingbirds such as Tom Robinson as innocent creatures prejudiced by society based on race and misconceived beliefs. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird as they have done no wrong and committed no crime. An event that reinforces this theme is the murder of Tom Robinson and how it can be compared to the senseless slaughter of songbirds. Atticus challenges the theme of racism by defending Tom Robinson in court to the absolute best of his ability, despite his community’s disapproval.
“‘It ain’t right Atticus.’ said Jem. ‘No son, it’s not right.’” This is an excerpt from the popular story, To Kill A Mockingbird. During this dialogue, Jem’s tears are streaming down his red, angry face as his father Atticus is wearily acknowledging the unjust outcome of the trial of Tom Robinson to his son. This is an excellent example of the loss of innocence in the novel, where Jem is faced with the harsh reality that innocent, good people can be victims of vicious racism. Other examples include Jem’s loss of innocence by Mrs. Dubose, Boo’s loss of innocence by his father, and Scout, Dill, and Jem’s loss of innocence by Dolphus Raymond.
The quote by Martin Luther King Jr “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he made stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. This quote means that a man’s personality/character is shaped and determined by the way he reacts and responds to the difficulties and hardships that he face’s. The way in which this quote by Martin Luther King” relates to the novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird” is the way Atticus feels when he defends Tom Robinson. From the outside he looks all confident and professional but from the inside he is very nervous and scared. Even though Tom Robinson is a black man it makes it difficult for Atticus because they were in the era of the Great Depression where there
Why? A mockingbird represents something innocent, and to kill something innocent is a sin. The book To Kill A Mockingbird is a great example of this; because it is taken place in the deep south where the racism caused many black to suffer only because of their race. Manying blacks are like mockingbirds which were usually innocent but falsely accused and harmed (like Tom Robinson). Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Mr.Ewell shows prejudice against a black man named Tom Robinson. Prejudice is frequent in the story and it is used on a innocent man. A poor white girl accuses a black man of raping her, which leads to a trial. The residents of Maycomb think black people don’t matter because of their racial superiority complex which comes from slavery. HARPER LEE Harper Lee wrote this because of prejudice back then when she was little.
Bob Ewell depicts the stereotypical white supremacist, Atticus on the other hand chooses his morals over the society’s expectations. When brought the case of Tom Robinson, an alleged black rapist, any lawyer in Maycomb would’ve immediately denied Tom. Atticus chose to defend him, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He told Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and respect, Atticus knew Tom deserved someone to fight for him. This all ties in with what Atticus told Scout,“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.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem believe Maycomb is Unjust because The Maycomb he used to know is not like what it is now, Which is shown when the prejudice members of his community are against Tom, Lula refusing to let Jem & Scout enter their church, and When he was punished for destroying Mrs. Dubose’s flowers. To Start Off, Scout was explaining on how the final verdict of the jury & judge affected Jem & loss faith in the citizens of Maycomb. Scout says, “I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: “Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty…” I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each “guilty” was a separate stab between them” (282). Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community.