To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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It`s a Sin To kill a Mockingbird In Harper Lee’s Novel To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many references to a mockingbird. They are compared to people who are innocent when they are threatened. Atticus Finch, the father of Scout and Jem Finch, always teaches his children that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they do nothing but bring happiness. Throughout the novel as Scout and Jem become aware of racism and many of the incidents happening in Maycomb they come to realize what that saying truly means. But under what circumstances is a mockingbird used as a reference to a person? A person is metaphorically compared to a mocking bird when they are “good” and do nothing but help people, like the saying “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. Near the beginning of the novel we are introduced to the first mockingbird, Arthur Radley also known as “Boo”. The children of Maycomb know Boo to be the town phantom. According to Jem, Boo is 6 feet tall, has a scar running down his face, drools all the time and never comes out of his house. Around Maycomb when something happens everyone knows about it. According to the adults, one day Boo was just sitting cutting paper with scissors and his dad walked in to the room and Boo stabbed him in the leg with the scissors. Ever since then Mr. Radley has kept him locked up in his house, to “protect” everyone. Throughout the book, things happen to Jem and Scout that are little acts of kindness. For example when they are standing out in the cold a blanket somehow appears on scout’s shoulders to keep her warm and also all the little presents left for them in the knot hole in the tree many times. Near the end of the book when someone saves Jem and Scout’s lives, it is then discovered that Boo was the one doing all these kind things for the children. He is used in comparison to a mockingbird because,

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