To Kill a Mockingbird Theme Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird Theme Essay According to the dictionary, a mockingbird is a long-tailed songbird, related to the finch and is a native to the southern states of America. It is a plain bird that is so named for its imitation of other birds’ songs. This mockingbird represents the loss of innocence for Scout, Jem, and Dill. This bird also represents Tom Robinson, the “mockingbird” that it is a sin to kill and Boo Radley who is a victim of neighborhood children. It could also be said that Scout is small and plain like the mockingbird, but sings her own song. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are victims of kindness, both are innocent, both are victims of prejudice, and both are caged. Boo is very kind towards the children and is not guilty of being a psychopath, the neighborhood children hold prejudices against him because of stories, and he is caged in his own house. Tom Robinson is guilty of being kind to Mayella and is innocent of raping her. People hold prejudice against him because he is black. He too, is caged in the jail cell. We first hear about the mockingbird in chapter ten, when Atticus tells the children that they can shoot all the blue jays they wanted but to always remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie tells us that the mockingbird only makes music for people to enjoy. Boo and Tom are connected to this theme when Scout sees that Boo being brought out in the public would be like shottin’ a mockingbird. The mockingbird is known to be quiet in times of tension or stress and is used in writings about beauty. There are many references in the book to the word mocking. These examples include; the children mocking Boo, Mayella accuses Atticus of mocking her, and the trial is a mockery of justice. As you can see the theme mockingbird is carried throughout the whole story. It is a death of innocence for many characters in

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