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.
Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Tom ran for it even though he knew there were high risks of him being killed, which shows how the caged bird in the poem “Caged Bird” is much like him. In the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, the caged bird is compared and contrasted to a free bird and by examining the circumstances of Tom Robinson’s life, I say that he is very much like the caged bird. For instance, in stanza two it’s stated “His wings are clipped and/ His feet are tied/ So he opens his throat to sing.” If we compare the bird’s wings to Tom Robinson’s hope, the feet to his heart, and his action of running to the action of opening his throat to sing, we can visualize the song that Tom Robinson would sing, one about him losing hope and not wanting anyone to control his life anymore, and so in this manner he is very much like the caged bird in this poem. Similarly, Tom Robinson’s physical struggles can be compared to the caged bird in the poem “Sympathy”. In the novel it’s written “Tom
Atticus persistently implants the concept to Jem and Scout that it is cruel to harm an innocent being. When Atticus apprises Scout that she should not shoot at mockingbirds during a hunting lesson, Scout refers to a friendly adult for interpretation and learns, “Mockingbirds don 't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy [...] That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Through
There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story. Even though Scout displayed innocence but still was excluded from games with Dill and Jem because of her gender, Harper Lee did not intend for her to be perceived as a Mockingbird. On the contrary, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are portrayed as mockingbirds, birds recognized for their innocence but also targeted. Body Paragraph #1 Topic Sentence #1: Tom Robinson, a black man convicted of rape, was an example of à Mockingbird because he was targeted even though he was innocent. Integrated Evidence #1: After the town of Maycomb found out about the tragic killing of Tom Robinson, “[Mr. Underwood] likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children”(Lee 323) in an editorial.
Many things lead to a loss of innocence, but they all have something in common. It is the fact that something bad could or has happened. Prejudice is an example of this. Judging people, and even killing them, based on appearances is unimaginable to children. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, defends an innocent black man named Tom Robinson.
The river begins to lose its innocence when it is stained with the blood of Lupito; similar to how Antonio is scarred with the memory of Lupito’s death. Also, Miss Maudie and Atticus explain, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 103). The mockingbird portrays the innocence of a bird that causes no harm, only sings and that is why it is a sin to kill them. Tom Robinson is very similar because he is innocent and did not commit the crime and it is a sin to imprison him, yet the jury does anyway. The symbols both portray very similar
For example, Atticus informs Scout about how innocent mockingbirds are when he says, ' 'I 'd rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you 'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 90). This suggests that Atticus is trying to tell the children that it is an immoral act to kill mockingbirds. Scout also asks Ms. Maudie why it is a sin and she tells her that they do not do anything besides making music for people to enjoy. Scout takes this as a learning experience and realizes that she should not shoot at them since
Atticus said to Jem one day, ‘I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but 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. ‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.
That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). Harper Lee is using the mockingbird as a symbol of innocence. The characters of Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout, and Boo Radley are tied with the symbol of a mockingbird because they are innocent. Additionally, these characters
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." This is because bluejays mean no harm and sing to cheer people up. At the end of the book the death of Tom Robinson is the death of a
Some with hopes for justice and liberty but most unapologetically hoping for an unfair sentence. Although all the evidence pointed to Tom Robinson being innocent and the only witnesses were from unreliable and changing sources he was still convicted. This is a depiction of the death of a Mockingbird, ultimately destroying innocence and purity that resided with Tom Robinson that died when he was shot as he tried to flee from his inescapable doom. Mr. Underwood, the publisher of Maycomb 's newspaper as well as a respected all of Atticus, sadly compares Tom 's death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds...” (pg.244) stating another reference to the ever-present mockingbird
but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, 119). It explains that Robinson and Radley are perfect examples of good coexisting with evil. It shows that mockingbirds are pure and innocent but are destroyed by evil, similarly like our society. Boo does not hurt anyone, only to help Jem and Scout.
On the surface, it could seem at first that we are born into a world blanketed with hopeless, moral fog, but throughout the fog, which is created by none other than the forces of conscience and emotion that pumps through our mortal bodies, are the wandering, searching souls of our innocence, praying to emerge unscathed, and our corruption preying on the previously named. Three characters in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” remarkably portray separate, yet very evident representations of the infamous mockingbird and contribute a view that maybe there are more mockingbirds then what is first assumed. These three characters: “Boo” Radley, Scout Finch, and Tom Robinson, resided in the slow, quaint, old town of Maycomb, County, Alabama. In the book, Miss Maudie, who was Scouts neighbor, spoke these words “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.
The title of the book is To Kill a Mockingbird. The reason it’s called To Kill a Mockingbird is because Atticus says “It’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird”. A Mockingbird is best described as a bird that doesn’t hurt anyone, does not attempt to hurt anyone, sings for enjoyment, tires to help, and has nothing but innocence. There are many “Mockingbirds” in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The two characters that really stood out to me as the Mockingbirds were Atticus Finch and Calpurnia.
The saying “to kill a mocking bird is sin” is a common saying back then, maybe until now it’s still being used. The saying says “killing a mocking bird is sin” because mocking birds doesn’t really do any harm they just sing out with their hearts a tune. The book refers to this saying meaning that the innocence are taken away intentionally by the the accusers or townsfolk. In the book there are two or three “mockingbirds” they were misunderstood, accused, or just fighting for justice but the townsfolk just turned their backs on them. These mocking birds are: Arthur “boo” Radley, Tom Robinson, and Atticus finch.
Context: When Jem was trying to shoot some birds, Atticus caught him and told him to, Evidence: “Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit ‘em but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird,” (pg 119). Explanation:The mockingbird represents Tom because he’s innocent and hasn’t done anything wrong. The white people, Ewells, targeted him because he’s always helpful to Mayella. Additionally, Atticus deserves to stand up for him because he’s always standing up for people even if they criticize him, and Atticus was appointed to stand up for him, so there’s no reason for Atticus to say no to defend an innocent person. Conclusion: Claim:It is clear that Atticus’ decision to take a stand makes sense.
Scout explains this by saying “‘Well, it’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird’…”(370) Scout knows that Arthur is like a mockingbird, because of all the things he did for her and Scout. She knows that convicting Arthur of murder would be like killing a mockingbird, because Arthur is very reclusive. Because Arthur gives presents to Jem and Scout, he helped Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell, and Scout says that Arthur is like a mockingbird, he exhibits the characteristics of a
Lauren S. 8A What Makes Somebody a Hero? “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, p. 90). This is an iconic quote said by Atticus Finch, the father or Jem and Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He spreads the idea that no innocent being should be harmed in any way. To many people, a hero is somebody who saves a life or who makes an influential change.
One may simply look past this, but the symbol lies within the mockingbird itself. The “mockingbird” comes to represent the idea of innocence. Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, a number of characters (Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds—innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil, part of
Mockingbirds symbolize innocence, and the idea of killing a mockingbird signifies destroying its innocence. In the book “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee, many of the characters can be identified as mockingbirds. They are the innocent people who have been harmed or tainted by evil. This is usually due to inequality. In the novel, there are many examples of inequality.