Mockingbird Symbol For To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses a small, yet effective symbol to portray innocence, human goodness, and morals of a society. This symbol, a mockingbird, stands for much more than a bird. Although the symbol is discreet, the mockingbird can represent almost every situation and moral that occurs throughout the book, but is only mentioned in a few paragraphs of a chapter. After Jem and Scout receive toy guns for Christmas, their father, Atticus, tells them that they can shoot birds if they'd like, but that they should never shoot at a mockingbird. He explains that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird, because they don't do anything bad to anyone, they only sing. This same lesson can be applied to characters in Lee's novel, such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, based on the fact that they're innocent people that are harmed and wronged by the evils of humanity. In some way, each of them are like mockingbirds, and by harming them, innocence is destroyed. The idea of mockingbirds representing innocence is a lasting one for the duration of the novel, and forces readers to take a look at the bigger picture. Perhaps the most relatable event to the symbolism, the Tom Robinson case depicts the destruction of innocence first hand. Robinson, a respectful black man, is wrongly accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell. Atticus clearly shows the whole courtroom that Tom is incapable of this crime, and even brings light to the person who actually beat Mayella. Instead of recognizing Tom Robinson's innocence, the jury was blinded by racism and found him guilty. This directly relates to the symbolism Harper Lee implemented previously in the book, showing how wrong it is to harm something, or someone, that did nothing but sing, and in Tom’s case, help Mayella. Boo Radley was also faced with the presence of evil, and was subjected to as much injustice as Tom Robinson. In a
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