To Kill a Mockingbird

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD ESSAY To Kill a Mockingbird, the novel written by Harper Lee, focuses on the theme of a mockingbird and compares it to the characters, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. A mockingbird is a songbird which gives nothing but music, expects nothing in return, is innocent and doesn’t harm anyone in anyway but just likes to give music. The title To Kill a Mockingbird carries a great deal of symbolism in this book. In this story of innocents that are destroyed by evil, the “mockingbird” represents the idea of innocence. To kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, character like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Jem and Mr. Raymond can be likened to mockingbirds. They are innocents that have been hurt or destroyed through contact with evil. The connection between the title and its main theme is made clear many times throughout the novel. For example, after Tom Robinson is shot, Mr Underwood compares his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds”, and at the end Scout thinks that hurting Boo Radley would be like “shootin’ a mockingbird”. Lee Harper continually uses the theme around the threat that hatred, prejudice, and ignorance pose to the innocent. Characters such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are not prepared for the evil that they encounter, and, as a result, they are destroyed. Harper has used the theme of a mockingbird on the character Arthur “Boo” Radley. Boo is a man who is a recluse and is a prisoner in his own home because he stabbed his own father in the leg with scissors. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch and her brother Jeremy “Jem” Finch are very curious about Boo. Because no one had ever seen Boo, a lot of rumors went around that he was a frightening man. “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
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