Although Atticus didn’t win the trail, he showed courage by trying. Boo is the next person to show courage. Since he was a teen Boo, Arthur Radley, was locked up in his house because of something he had done. Through the book he began to watch Scout and Jem. He gave them gifts with hints that he was watching them and that he was their friend, but Jem and Scout didn’t understand the gifts until the end of the book when he saves them from being killed.
It is symbolic for the simple fact that Tom Robinson is just an innocent man trying to live his life. All he ever did was try to be a good, honest person and help Mayella Ewell when she was in need. In return he lost his freedom and his life. All because Mayella Ewell felt the need to cover up the fact that “she kissed a black man” and broke “a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with”(232). Another event compared to killing a mockingbird is Boo Radley and the death of Bob Ewell.
The title of the book, To Kill a Mocking Bird represents symbolism. The Mockingbird is depicted, as an innocent and harmless creature. It itself is used as a metaphor for the innocence in the children and on Maycomb’s prejudice views of the Negros. Mockingbirds are an important aspect in the scene when Jem and Scout first receive their air riffles. Atticus states, "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds.
At the beginning of the novel evidence of racial prejudice, that dominates most of the novel, is scarce. Instead the focus is on the prejudice experienced and endured by those who are different than the norm and those who suffer because they dare to be different in a small town. Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows.
Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles’ em.” Everybody expected that Atticus is very narrow minded, and that he does not think for anyone or anything but himself. Never does anyone understand what it is that goes through Atticus’s mind during his actions. Deep down in Atticus’s mind, everything that he did was only to protect Scout and Jem. By saying, “As you grow older you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white men does that to a black men, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.”, Atticus does not only care for his children, but he teaches them that they should never look down or disrespect anyone of any kind. They are taught that if they learn to have respect for other people they will receive respect themselves.
In the story, Atticus says, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.” When Scout asks her neighbor Miss Maudie what Atticus meant she explained, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up peoples gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The title means that to prejudice against one who is harmless or innocent is a cruel injustice. Why was it so detrimental to Tom Robinson’s case fir him to say, “…I felt right sorry for her…” when
The Symbolism of the Mockingbird in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” “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” (90). In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” the mockingbird represents innocence. It is shown in 3 different ways. The meaning of killing a mockingbird, how it represents Tom Robinson and how it represents Boo Radley.
The author of this book presents the fact that people’s demeanors can often be misleading. Specifically, one of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird to prove the statement true that people are not what they seem is Dolphus Raymond. When the Atticus’s court case is going on, Scout and Dill take a small break and exit the building to calm Dill down. When they are out, they meet Dolphus Raymond and during their conversation, he says, “‘It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live’” (Lee 201).
Crooks is a man, supposedly young but disabled, that likes books and keeps his small room neat, but has been so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment of that he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives. Racial discrimination is part of the microcosm Steinbeck describes in his story. It reaches its height in the novel when Curley's wife puts Crooks "in his place" by telling him that a word from her will have him lynched. Interestingly, only Lennie, the child-like character, does not see the color of Crooks' skin. Crooks isn’t ashamed about his inheritance but has pride and tells Lennie he doesn’t descend from slaves but from landowners.
I was also made aware of the world when Atticus told his children that everyone has a story and “you never understands a person until you consider things from the person’s point of view”. The characters in the story seemed believable. I could relate to them because my uncle and I were pulled over by white cops during my short stay in the United States simply because we were people of color. I especially liked Atticus because He portrays decency and goodness while protecting his innocent children. The story has a good theme” to Kill a Mockingbird” because Jem, Tom Robinson Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds-innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with