“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (p 98) Atticus tells Jem and Scout this when he presents them with a gun for their christmas present and tells them never to shoot a mockingbird.
Tom Robinson, boo Radley and Scout finch are all major characters in the book that have similarities to the symbolic mocking bird.the characters all show innocence, happiness and hope. The thought of killing one of these can rafters would be like disturbing the peace of the harmless song the mocking bird whistles. Tom Robinson is a character the betrays the characteristics of a mockingbird. Tom Robinson is acaused of rapping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. During the court case we hear the evidence given to prove toms innocence.
Cousin Francis yelled, “He`s nothing` but a nigger-lover!” (Lee pg83). Just because Atticus was doing the right and noble thing, Cousin Francis thought that he loved black people but he did not know Tom. Although, Jem stated that, “Atticus says cheatin` a coloured man is ten times worse than cheatin` a white man.” (Lee pg201) It is worse because it is like killing a mockingbird, which is a sin, coloured men do not really bother anybody. And then Atticus explained that, “...You’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, ...whenever a white man does that to a black man, ... that white man is trash.” (Lee pg220). He explained that white men always win and cheat, so the white men are the victors but the white man is always a bad man.
Miss Gates talks about how Hitler is evil for killing all the Jews, and how being prejudiced against someone for their religion is wrong, yet she is racist against black people. So, she is a hypocrite for saying it is wrong to judge someone by their religion, but it’s ok to judge black people for their colour. Her ideas are widely the same as the people of Maycomb making it a racist and hypocritical community. 33. Bob Ewell attacked and followed Jem and Scout home, he jumped out in front of them but Jem pushed him which then made him fall on his own knife, which then killed him.
That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" From this life lesson Scout learns that, that life lesson doesn't just apply to birds but also humans in fact Tom Robinson. This applies to Tom as he is found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell, but Scout realises he isn't guilty but that he was blamed for raping her because of skin colour (black). Scout helps readers understand this life lesson and shows that this is important for people to
It is a sin to kill the innocent and helpful mockingbird. But around the time of the Great Depression, important morals like that one seem to have been tossed aside. At that time, when a black man went to court, it didn’t matter whether he was guilty or innocent. The fact that he was a colored man made him the target for unjustified accusation. Innocent human beings have been killed for nothing but the crime of being different.
Mayella tried to do the unthinkable – kiss a black man. Later she tries to get rid of her guilt by blaming Tom Robinson for raping her. In this case Tom did nothing wrong, he only tried to help Mayella and is defenceless against the court as a white man’s word will always be placed above a black man’s. This reveals Tom as the mockingbird as both are innocent, helpful and defenceless. This shows us how cruel racism was in America.
Because of indifferent jurors and career-motivated prosecutors, the self-serving and groundless accusations of a single women were allowed to change forever the lives of nine black teenagers who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time (Linder). In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson, a black man, was found guilty of raping Maya Ewell, a white woman. Even though he didn’t commit the crime, they didn’t want to believe him because they have to rule with the white person. This shows how unfair and racist the court system was in the twentieth
Even though Marley seems to believe Adam and Eve were equally culpable in the commission of the sin, Eve seems to bare the brunt of the blame since she was the one who originally sinned. He sings: “Any anywhere you go, woman is the root of all evil.” He seems to share in the belief that through Eve’s sin, women as a general rule have become emotional temptresses that are the cause of all things bad. He seems to show the belief that if it weren’t for Eve, mankind would be still in a paradisiacal state. Marley also exhibits tendencies to support the idea that the Fall was sexual in nature, that the partaking from the tree was more figurative than merely eating a piece of fruit. He first says “and they (again more egalitarian) broke the fruit of life and every one of us is living in sin.” And again “He was the first one to break a fruit and every one of us is living in sin.” The metaphor of “breaking a fruit,” especially the “fruit of life” seems to suggest the euphemism for losing one’s (particularly a female) virginity.
. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee)This moral view gives further evidence as to why Atticus would show his dislike for racism in the court and town of Maycomb. Atticus willingness to challenge the racial boundaries also means that he pushes for the truth to come out in the courts of Maycomb where there is injustice. “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.” (Lee 266)EGDV “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.