One major symbol in this story is the mockingbird. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie said “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t 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.”
“To Kill a Mockingbird” helped voice Harper Lee’s opinions of injustices in America. Throughout the text the following characters suffered prejudice: Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson symbolises the millions of black people who were convicted unfairly of crimes they didn’t commit. Scout experiences many injustices because she is so young and just a child. Miss Caroline unfairly punishes her when she tells Scout she’s not allowed to be taught to read anymore.
The events throughout this story are seen through the eyes of a young girl named Scout. In the movie there is a scene of Scouts father, Atticus, he tells Boo and Tom “I’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hit them, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird". The meaning of this quote has the mocking bird symbolizing the characters Boo and Tom being that a mocking bird does not have a song. Since a mockingbird does not sing its own song, we characterize it only by what the other birds sing.
For example, she says: “Atticus was feeble, he was nearly fifty”, which shows us that when Scout seeks her fathers attention, all she gets in response to her probing is: “I’m too old.” Atticus says to Jem when Jem and Scout after they received their air rifles, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.” The full significance of this remark is explained to Scout by Miss Maudie Atkinson. “They don’t eat up peoples gardens… they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird…” what they are both saying is that they represent a gentle, harmless creature, both beautiful and innocent. Thus, to kill a mocking bird would be a wicked and spiteful, a senseless and pointless act of destruction.
Still in the same movie, Minerva starts to frequent a school and she socialize with a girl with bad intentions. During a play where Trujillo is invited, Minerva’s friend attempts to kill Trujillo with an arrow but is stopped by Minerva. The girl who tried to avenge her family, without surprises, disappears without giving any warnings. The last example, from the book Animal Farm written by George Orwell, is the rebellion of the hens. After being ordered to surrender their eggs, the hens decide to lay their eggs from the rafters to make them blow up.
“I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella (173).” Offensive language Use of the word “nigger” conversation between Scout and her father, she asks if her father defends niggers. (75) “Your father is no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” page 102 other foul language “You like words like hell and damn now, don’t you?” page 79 “what’s a whore lady?” page 87 Challenging To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird
Explore the significance of courage in the novel. (To kill a Mockingbird) You must consider the context of the novel and use evidence from the text to support your answer.omg Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird explores how courage can be shown by important characters in the novel. To begin with, Mrs Henry Lafayette Dubose is one of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird who represents a lot of courage. She continuously yells at Jem and Scout, telling them that Atticus is, “no better than the niggers he works for” (pg113). Her insulting comments made Jem ruin her camellias.
She also is shown to correct people if they are wrong; "given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal prerogative: she would arrange, advise, caution and warn." Even her clothes are described as tight and restrictive. Miss Maudie on the other hand sets herself outside of the Maycomb conventionality and like Atticus, she stays within the bounds but follows her own code. Scout sees Aunt Alexandra in a bad light, she sees her as uptight as she is so different from her easygoing brothers. Scout wonders if she was switched at birth.
The blood was covering the walls and none of the characters wanted to enter the room. Eventually, the English soldiers kill MacBeth when they raid his castle and his evil wife, who stood by his side throughout all the tragedies, died as well. This proves Cooney’s thesis because MacBeth died a horrific death. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee uses the character Bob Ewell as an example to support her argument. She writes, [Mr. Ewell says] "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!"