To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That is why it’s a sin to kill mockingbird.” (119). In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the author, Harper Lee, uses a character that narrates events over the course of two years in a town called Maycomb, including the trial of a man accused of a crime he is innocent to doing. Scout, Jem, Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Arthur Boo Radley are the main characters of this story. Scout is a little girl who also is the narrator of the story. Jem is Scouts older brother, who accompanies her on their journeys together throughout the novel. Atticus is the children’s father who is a hard working lawyer who defends Tom Robinson, a dark skinned man accused of a crime he did not commit. In this novel the Mocking bird symbolizes innocence, peace, beauty, and kindness. Within the novel, the mockingbird represents beauty and innocence within people, primarily Jem Finch, Arthur Radley, and Tom Robinson. The first character that symbolizes a mockingbird is Jem Finch. Jem, the brother of Scout, loses his innocence during Tom Robinson’s trial. When Tom Robinson was found guilty, Jem was shattered. Jem was sure that Tom would be acquitted, and could not believe it when the jury found him guilty because of the color of his skin, as to the facts that were so clear to see. Jem Finch had his faith, in his innocence, and in America’s justice system. His father, Atticus, whom he worships, worked in America’s justice system every day, so how could it be so corrupt as to convict a man who is essentially one-armed? After the trial, the book quotes, “It was Jem’s turn to cry, His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. “It ain’t right,” he muttered.” (284). Jem’s little world came crumbling

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