Maudie, try to teach the children not to hurt mockingbirds as they don't harm anything and "...don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy" (90). While the comparison of a mockingbird to Tom Robinson illustrates the sin of hurting the innocent, it is also used to show the goodness of an unknown neighbor, Boo Radley. I. Describe what Tom Robinson is on trial for. A. summarize one of the reasons we believe he is innocent 1. his left arm is useless a. find quote where Tom says it got caught and the muscles were ripped (#).
This past week, Wilma sees Donna again in session and assigns her some more homework. Later that week, Wilma and a friend go out to dinner. Wilma looks up to see that Donna is her waitress. Frustrated with Donna’s lack of effort with her homework and in an effort to hold Donna accountable, Wilma decides to inquire if Donna has done her homework and says, “Donna, I am glad I ran into you. Have you done your homework since our last session?” Ethical Decision Making Model 1.
A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, who were both peaceful people who never did any harm. To kill or harm them would be a sin. Scout's father, Atticus, tells Scout and Jem, "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'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children…” (241). Tom’s comparison to a song or mockingbird was best conveyed in the novel by the previous quote, which refers back to Atticus’s earlier quote. Atticus’s quote is best clarified by Miss Maudie, who states that mockingbirds not only have no detriment to people, that they create music for people (a benefit). Tom Robinson died a mockingbird because not only did he not
Tolerance and Cowardice. Cassie Arambul. p.2 Throughout the entire story, Scout learns a lot about life and the scenarios she goes through all vary, but most of the time, she gets taught about Tolerance and has some encounters here and there about being a Coward. In the beginning of the story, Scout and Jem tend to tease and joke about Boo Radley, when one day, while Scout, Jem, and their friend Dill were outside, they joked around saying how none of them would dare go and touch the Radley Place, when Scout claims “I told Jem if he set fire to the Radley house I was going to go tell Atticus on him” (15). It seems as if that it doesn’t affect Scout directly, she thinks of their ideas of striking a match a bad idea.
I think that it is a very good lesson to teach Scout because she is still a young girl and at he school she has to put up with all kinds of judgmental people, she doesn't need to add to the mix. I think that this has made Atticus' and Scout's friendship come a little closer because now she knows something that she didn't before so she can develop to be a nice and even better young lady in life. Another quote that related to my theme is the one in chapter 23. "Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes for a minute, I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, he always does.
He explains that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird, because they don't do anything bad to anyone, they only sing. This same lesson can be applied to characters in Lee's novel, such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, based on the fact that they're innocent people that are harmed and wronged by the evils of humanity. In some way, each of them are like mockingbirds, and by harming them, innocence is destroyed. The idea of mockingbirds representing innocence is a lasting one for the duration of the novel, and forces readers to take a look at the bigger picture. Perhaps the most relatable event to the symbolism, the Tom Robinson case depicts the destruction of innocence first hand.
He has always treated her like his little sister but now he is starting to respect her more and even take care of her. In chapter 3 when Scout starts to beat up Walter Cunningham because he got her in trouble Jem comes along to stop Scout and get her out of trouble (Lee 30). Jem shows that he was being responsible by inviting Water Cunningham over for lunch that day (Lee 30) and he was acting like a young adult by taking responsibility for Scouts actions and for everything that she did and said to Walter Cunningham. Jem also acts similar to this when him, Scout and Dill go to the jail (Lee 202). While at the jail they see Atticus and Jem, Scout and Dill think that they are going to protect Atticus but that is not what happens.
The idea of protecting the innocent is first mentioned in the story when Scout and Jem Finch get guns for Christmas. The Finch kids want to go shooting, but before they do so, their father, Atticus Finch, gives them a warning: “Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 90). Scout is puzzled by this message from her dad so she pays a visit to her neighbor, Miss Maudie, to give an explanation of Atticus’s words. Miss Maudie interprets Mr. Finch’s caution and tells Scout, ”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” (Lee 90).
We were finally released for recess and I decided to see how Scout was doing. I snuck away from the safety zone of my fifth grade peers to where the first graders were huddled. I pulled Scout away from them and asked her how her day was coming along. She was very upset about how her new teacher had been teaching them. By the way she made her teacher out to be I would’ve assumed she was the devil if I didn’t know how mellow dramatic my sister could be.