The Symbolism Of The Mockingbird In Harper Lee’s “

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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. To kill a mockingbird means to kill something innocent, something pure, something that does no harm to anyone. Mockingbirds do nothing but make music for people to enjoy that is why “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg.90) In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” Tom Robinson is one of the characters who represent the mockingbird. He is a lot like the mockingbird because he did nothing but try to help Mayella Ewell who is the daughter of Bob Ewell. Tom Robinson was blamed for raping Mayella Ewell because her father has caught her kissing a black man, Tom Robinson, and at that time it was unacceptable to do so. The reader feels bad for Mayella because she is so lonely and Tom was the only one who was kind to her but from the other side the reader doesn’t like Mayella because she blamed an innocent man who was just trying to help and by doing so she symbolically killed a mockingbird. After being put to jail due to his skin colour, Tom Robinson tries to run away but gets shot. Later on Mr. Underwood “linked Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds...” Because it was obvious that he just like the bird did no harm to anyone but only tried to help. Another mockingbird in the novel is Boo Radley, "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained – if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood

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