Although several people in the book To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee symbolizes the mocking bird , I believe Boo Radley strongly emulates the symbol of the MockingBird. Boo Radley is misunderstood by society and seen as a monster or as a scary man, just as the mockingbird was. Although Boo was seen as a threat to society, he never hurt a soul, he shared things with the kids like soap figurines of them. Boo jumped to action when he heard the kids being mugged by mysterious man. Jem says it would be killing a Mockingbird if they persecuted Boo Radley.
Working Title In her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee exemplifies the theme of racism and how it impaired and blemished the citizens of Maycomb County. One figure that Lee uses to represent racism is the “mad dog,” Tim Johnson. When Tim went out of control and became absurd and perilous to Maycomb County, every character in the novel knew that something had to be done about it. Like Tim, racism can and will eventually get out of control. When Atticus shot and killed Tim, this portrays as if Atticus is killing racism as a whole.
Symbols have various hidden meanings that are used as a language to express emotions. They are used to make people aware of various thoughts about life and it is proved by Harper Lee’s novel to kill a mockingbird. Lee demonstrates through plot and characters that symbols express those thoughts that cannot be converted into words to express relations and emotions to a greater extent. Firstly, mockingbirds are sacrificial lambs that are surrounded by people who do not let them fight back for the injustice happening to them. For instance, Boo Radley, a young man in Maycomb society is considered to be dead due to his introvert nature.
The author of To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee had wrote Atticus to say “...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). He said this to Scout and Jem because mockingbirds give nothing but music for the world to enjoy and it would be cruel and uncalled for to take their life. The reason Lee wrote this is because the story has a few metaphorical mockingbirds. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds because of their good deeds and pure hearts, such as the birds. Mr. Atticus Finch has been proven multiple times in the story that he is a good hearted gentleman that only wishes to do the right thing.
To Kill a Mockingbird Historical Paper “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. This book is an example of how our world made and still makes mistakes with killing the innocent. Harper Lee used real-life events as inspiration for her novel to kill a mockingbird. In the novel, there are connections to the Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and the scottsboro trials. The first influence on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are the Jim Crow laws.
“Jim said he reckoned I would believe him next time. And he said that handling a snake-skin was such awful bad luck that maybe we hadn’t got to the end of it yet” (Twain 53). Jim blaming the snake bite on bad luck is ironic because the audience knows that Huck is the reason why the snake bit Jim. Twain demonstrates how society is quick to blame other things instead of focusing on what really happened. The idea of blaming others connects to how society perceives slavery.
Similarly, the story of to kill a mockingbird, through a characteristic of coming of age story. Jem have figured out that a killing of innocents such as Tom Robinson, was something that was against ethics.“Doesn’t make it right,” said Jem stolidly. He beat his fist softly on his knee. “You just can’t convict a man on evidence like that—you can’t” (Orwell 224). Making an objection, by going against social taboos which is ethically disagreeing, generate power that, consequently makes Jem more
In our society, innocent people, known as mockingbirds, experience prejudice in their lives. A/T: In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Background: Tom Robinson is a black person who’s was accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell which he has never done. For this reason, Atticus Finch was appointed to be his lawyer. As a result, Atticus takes a stand for him by approving his case and standing up for him, but Tom was still found guilty. Thesis:While some may believe that Atticus should not have taken a stand for Tom Robinson because of his race, Atticus proves that he should, in fact, take a stand to give Tom a voice and because it’s the right thing to do.
“You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This quote by Atticus Finch describes the nature of the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book the reader gets to see the true side of Maycomb by seeing everything through the eyes of the protagonist Scout Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird gives the reader a true look at the racism, sexism, and classism deeply rooted in Maycomb culture, by letting them see the reality of others’ lives. Racism is common practice in Maycomb. People fear being near or being associated with someone of a race other than white.
Brendan Cregan Mr. Li English 9 Honors 31 March 2017 The People of Maycomb and Their Prejudices After reading To Kill a Mockingbird, one might ask if the people of maycomb are truly “bad” people. While a jury composed of purely Maycombians decided that Tom Robinson was guilty of a crime that he unmistakably did not commit, I do not believe that the general public of Maycomb is a foul or hateful group. The reason that I would argue this is that while their actions have lead to a social injustice, they are unable to retrospect and recognise their own faults and prejudice. As an example, Miss Gates said the following, “‘...persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Prejudice,’ she said carefully’” This quote shows how oblivious Maycomb is to their hypocrisy.