To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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28 Mar. 2011 Harper Lee wrote the book, To Kill a Mockingbird to show the metaphorical similarities between a mockingbird and Atticus Finch. Atticus is like a mockingbird because a mockingbird would not hurt anyone; neither would Atticus Finch. Out of all the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus most resembles a mockingbird because of his strong heartedness towards helping others in his community. Atticus Finch is a well-respected man in the county of Maycomb, Alabama. He is a very smart man and always puts others before himself. Mr. Finch is a single parent of Jem and Scout Finch. He is one of the older parents in the county, so his kids do not appreciate him like they should. For example, when Scout and Jem ask Atticus to play football with them, he says no, because he’s “too old.” One of the many good deeds Atticus does in the book is when he allows Walter Cunningham to trade vegetables and goods from his farm to pay for some legal work Atticus did a while back for him. Atticus could have easily said no, but once again, he wants to help someone in need. When Tom Robinson needs a lawyer, Atticus is glad to take on the task. Atticus knows people in Maycomb will be upset with him defending an African American, but that does not factor in to his decision. Tom is a man who needs help so much his life depends on it. One may think Atticus is a perfect person: hard-working, a great parent, unselfish, morally educated. A mockingbird may not have all these qualities as Atticus, but overall, their outlook on life is the same. Why would one kill a mockingbird? In the book, Atticus and Miss Maudie tell Scout and Jem a mockingbird’s job is to provide music and joy to people, “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.” That quote could be metaphorically

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