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.
Arthur "Boo" Radley - A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Boo dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. He is a powerful symbol of good... ... middle of paper ... ...oin the novel's parade of innocent victims-she, too, is a kind of mockingbird, injured beyond repair by the forces of ugliness, poverty, and hatred that surround her. Lee's presentation of Mayella emphasizes her role as victim-her father beats her and possibly molests her, while she takes care of the children. Pity must be reserved for Tom Robinson, whose honesty and goodness render him supremely moral. Unlike the Ewells, Tom is hardworking, honest, and has enough compassion to make the fatal mistake of feeling sorry for Mayella
Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. "(p.69) The mockingbird symbolizes these two characters because it does not have its own song. Whereas, the blue jay is loud and obnoxious, the mockingbird only sings other birds' songs. Therefore, the mockingbird is seen through the other birds. The people of Maycomb only knew Boo Radley and Tom Robinson by what others said about them.
Comparing “A Barred Owl” and “The History Teacher” A child's innocence is such a mysterious thing. They are protected from the terrors of the outside world and left to create their own reality. In “The Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur, a child is scared by the noise an owl outside its window makes. We are not given much imagery, only a description on the owl’s true nature as shown in “dreaming of some small thing in a claw, borne up to some dark branch and eaten raw”. “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins gives us a lot more imagery regarding how “innocent” the children really are and the teachers ignorance towards how effective lying to the children is when stated at “The children would leave his classroom for the playground to torment the weak and the smart, mussing up their hair and breaking their glasses”, and “...walked home past flower beds and white picket fences”.
Spencer Bryson Quotation Insertion Boo is being unfairly isolated When Boo and his friends were caught disturbing the peace in their youth, the judge sent the boys to the state industrial school but Mr. Radley decided he would rather punish Boo himself so “Mr. Radley’s boy was not seen again for fifteen years” (Lee 13). Clearly Mr. Radley wants to keep Boo isolated. Wild rumours have spread about Boo Radley The children of Maycomb were led to believe false information by Stephanie Crawford who claims that when “His father entered the room [and as he] passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities” (13). No one knows for sure if this even actually happened as Boo has been kept inside for decades now, and there is no proof which supports this rumour and the other crazy lies being spread around.
Scott Hain Case Study Scott Hain was a 17 years old at the time he and his friend carjacked, robbed, stuffed the victims in the trunk and set fire to the vehicle subsequently killing both Michael Houghton and Laura Sanders in what started out as a carjacking on October 6, 1987. The issues of the case were the death penalty and if it was just for a juvenile to receive that sentence. The case was contrary to the “normal” standards of justice because society tends to view minors as unable to commit such crimes that would end up in an execution. Hain had a history of theft, trespassing, theft, etc during his juvenile years. The case had brought much attention to the issue of executing juvenile offenders and caused the Supreme Court to address raising the age for such punishment to 18.
It also says that it particularly unusual for someone like Candy to get compensation for his work injury at the time of ‘the great depression’. The relationship Candy has with his dog is of particular importance. As it is very clear that when his dog got shot Candy enters a depression stage where he’s not talking and often “staring at the ceiling”. Similarly the life of the average rancher of 1930s America was depressing often travelling alone needing companionship. Moreover the relationship between Candy and his dog is similar to the relationship between George and Lennie, hence the dog getting killed foreshadows George killing Lennie at the end of the novel since Candy clearly says to George “I ought to of shot that dog myself.
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
Ted told his biographer Michaud that he could ‘identify with’ ‘respected’ and ‘clung to’ his grandfather. Other family members told attorneys in 1989 (after Ted had been arrested), that Samuel Cowell was a tyrannical bully and a bigot who hated blacks, Italians, Catholics and Jews. The attorneys were told how Cowell would beat his wife and family dog and also how he would swing the neighbourhood cats by their tails. Julia Cowell (the youngest sister) even claims to have been thrown down the stairs by her father for sleeping in, no such claims or stories were ever told that Samuel had beat Ted but he would fly of the handle when Teds paternity would come up in conversation. It was said that Cowell would sometimes speak to unseen presences in the house.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, takes place during the depression of the 1930s in a small Alabama town, by the name of Maycomb. Due to Lee’s ingenious way of writing she not only creates a theme of prejudice and racism, but a novel that is rich in symbolism. She cleverly incorporates mockingbirds, the rabid dog and Atticus shooting the rabid dog, Mrs. Dubose’s morphine addiction and finally Mr. Dolphus Raymond to reveal the racist, prejudice and narrow-mindedness of a vast majority of the citizens in Maycomb. “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”(103), said by Atticus and later echoed my Miss Maudie, is one of the most symbolic lines in the entire novel. The symbolism behind this line applies to many scenes within the novel.