The Mockingbird of To Kill a Mockingbird “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 90). These are words spoken by the influential Atticus Finch to his son Jem after receiving an air rifle for Christmas. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird contains multiple symbols, the mockingbird being the most important. The symbolism of the mockingbird describes the unjust treatment of someone or something that has done nothing to deserve it. Two characters in this story represent the mockingbird, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, however one does more so.
Scout learns this lesson that her father teaches her from three very important characters in this story (to kill a mocking bird).Scout sits and watches the racism in Tom Robinson’s trial. She notices the sadness in May Ella Ewell’s eyes and wonders
When Nathan Radley fills in the tree hole that Boo left gifts for the kids in, Jem cries because he realizes how important that was to Boo. Later in the story, Scout wants to kill a roly-poly bug, but Jem stops her, “Why couldn’t I mash him?” I asked. “Because they don’t bother you” Jem answered (Lee, 320). Most importantly, Jem protects his sister from an attack by Bob Ewell, but breaks his arm in the process. Bob is a symbol of hate and evil and by attacking the children in an attempt to get back at Atticus this is also symbolizing Jem
An article by Mr. Underwood in the Maycomb Tribune was written in the wake of Tom’s death, and explaining how killing Tom is like killing a mockingbird. Readers find Atticus having the same characteristics as a mockingbird, since the fact is Atticus does not hurt or bother anyone, but only contributes good deeds. Relating to what Mr. Underwood said about “killing a mockingbird”, it is only done by children or hunters. As of course children are those who choose to kill mockingbirds because of ignorance, while hunters do it for pleasure. Readers see that killing a mockingbird is a sin, because they only bring good, while society on the other hand is trying to destroy the
Anahi Fregoso Per. 7 2/15/12 STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS CHAPTERS 29-31 CHAPTER 29 1. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, “a shiny clean line” or “dull wire” causes something in Scout’s costume.When Bob stabbed at Scout, the wire saved her life.The line is the knife slash. 2. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee,Atticus gives a explanation for Bob Ewell’s attack.I believe that Atticus said that Bob Ewell must have been crazy to attack her.
It takes a while before they overcome their fear and prejudice of Boo, and start to see him as a human being. (Chapter 10, pg 94: 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.
The mockingbirds in the story, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley get undeserving treatment during the novel until it is known to the people of Maycomb that they are good and pure. In the case of Tom Robinson it was too late as they killed him before they could learn what a good person he actually was. He got charged for a crime he did not commit, and Boo Radley got rumors spread about him that were anything but true. “It is wrong to kill the mockingbird just because you don’t like its
When Scout and Jem get air rifles for Christmas, Atticus tells them that they could shoot birds, but not mockingbirds, because it was a sin to kill them. Perplexed by this, Scout says, “That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it” (90). When Scout gets curious about something, she asks an adult in her life questions until she finds the answer. Another example happens when Cecil Jacobs calls Atticus a “nigger-lover” and Scout asks Atticus about it: “Then why did Cecil say you defend niggers? He made it sound like were runnin’ a still” (75).
Jennifer Alcaraz April 30, 2015 Period 5th To Kill a Mockingbird “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Page 39). To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about two children growing up in a county name Maycomb. Through this novel both Jem and Scout go through many phases of coming of age moments. To come of age is when someone mentally matures and their perspective changes. Jem comes of age when he tells Scout to stop messing with the roly-poly, when he tells Scout to not say anything about Atticus having the deadest shot in Maycomb, and when he refuses to go home.
Atticus came up with several points to try to change the jury’s mind about Tom’s innocence, but he could not. Throughout the novel, he teaches several lessons to Jem and Scout about treating other people and how not to harm them in any way. One particular event is when he did not want to teach Jem and Scout how to use their air rifles. However, he does teach them this lesson: “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” (Lee, 90).