To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Lee’s opinions are made very obvious within her novel, as she invites you into a mind of a young girl by the name of Jean Louise – better known as Scout. Her descriptive, persuasive and emotive writing definitely creates a certain mind-set for the reader himself; a feeling of compassion and empathy for the innocent. In this essay I will be discussing the use of symbolism, pathos, satire and humour in the novel. Once one has finished reading the book it is clear why the title “To Kill a Mockingbird” suited the story perfectly. The novel deals with a large amount of prejudging, in many forms, in a small town known as Maycomb, making prejudice an evident theme in the novel. In Chapter 10 Atticus states, “remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird” and Miss Maudie then supports this statement by saying, “mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They dont eat up people’s 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.” Mr Underwood compares the killing of Tom Robinson, an innocent man, to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds”. Scout, too, affirms that sending Boo Radley to court would be “sort of like shooting a mockingbird” (Chapter 30). Lee’s reasoning for the constant repetition of this is to enforce understanding of who the “mockingbirds” in the novel are, and how irrational it is to judge someone of pure innocence and good intentions. For these reasons, mockingbirds are the main use of symbolism in the novel. A few of the so called ‘mockingbirds’ would include Tom Robinson-an innocent black man who was accused, convicted and eventually killed for supposedly raping a white girl. Although all evidence pointed to his innocence, the proud and racist jury declared him guilty. Another example of a mockingbird would be the

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