Huck wanted to protect Jim so he told a lie to the slave hunters about a small pox outbreak to keep them from searching near him and it actually worked. In this situation Huck went against society because during this time in the book slavery was still going on. It wasn't likely for a Black man to be protected so Huck was open minded in this situation and did what he thought was right because Jim was a loyal friend to him. He's taught by society to regard Jim but he realizes that that's not how he wants to be and sees Jim as a human like himself and everybody else. Huck realizes that society teaches to treat people poorly because of their skin color.
Even though it is obvious that Mr. Underwood does not like negroes, he writes about the injustice done upon Tom Robinson. Similar to killing a mockingbird, Tom is killed for a crime he had never committed and harm that he had never brought. Scout is one of the most innocent people in this book. During the course of this book, she goes through events and experiences, that no child should ever witness at a young age. On one hand, her father Atticus, is trying to teach her to live moral life and make the right decisions.
It is a sin to kill a Mockingbird that just sings for people and it is a sin to judge people by outside appearance and judgements. He was discriminated, blamed for what he did not done, just because he did not abide by the status quo. Tom Robinson is just like a mockingbird, he did not do one thing wrong. They "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.” (103) This could possibly be a symbol for Tom Robinson. He was innocent, yet sentenced to death because of his ethnicity. Robinson could also be a symbol of the mockingbird in another way, killing him produced neither good nor prevented any evil, just like killing a mockingbird. Since Maycomb County never sees Boo Radley, they blame him for all of the small unexplained happenings and crimes. Atticus doesn’t believe that he should be punished for these crimes.
Both of these men are victims of prejudice. To take advantage of these men would be a sin, just as it would to kill a mockingbird. “Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...that's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird (90).” Tom Robinson is taken advantage of by the Ewell family. Tom had nothing against anybody, especially the Ewells'. He would help Mayella with her chores, and the part of it that made him a mockingbird, is that he did not want anything in return.
Atticus doesn't mind his children shooting blue jays because they are ordinary birds who cause problems, but he feels that mockingbirds are innocent creatures whose lives should be preserved; therefore, it would be a sin to kill a mockingbird. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley exemplify the moc... ... middle of paper ... ... a mockingbird, Boo is innocent, yet he is destroyed by society for being different. The mockingbird symbolizes the innocence of people who are accused wrongfully. It is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant, but it sings the songs of other birds, so it is subject to the image of others. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are mockingbirds, innocent souls that are judged based on the discrimination and intolerance of the townspeople.
Innocents deserve to be protected just like mockingbirds; they create a happy world to live in. Atticus and Heck Tate attempt and succeed in shooting the mad dog, so sometimes you have to do bad things (Lee 93). Heck Tate is the police officer that tries to protect the innocents from danger; however that could be risky at times (Lee 93). Mr. Walter Cunningham is farmer who isn’t as wealthy but believes in not harming any innocents. Mr. Walter Cunningham was faced with evil as he was in front of the jail, but good takes over when he tells the mob to leave (Lee 157).
They never attempt to hurt anyone, yet Tom Robinson was framed for rape, Boo Radley was unlawfully labeled as a vague recluse and the innocence of Jem Fitch was unfairly stolen due to the evil nature of society. To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded as a classic also due to the timeless moral values it holds dear. The words of others should not dictate personal values, using educated thought is crucial before acting and finally, statements should not always be acknowledged as truth until you are able to authenticate them for yourself.
Both were attacked but did nothing. While they try to protect Tom, society doesn 't allow his innocence and therefore they lose the trial. The novel does allow the protection of Boo by having Tate offer the excuse that Ewell fell on his knife. This protects Boo rather than letting him be attacked by society via a trial to prove his intent (To kill a mockingbird questions, 2015). I wouldn’t consider this novel to be gothic but it does have a gothic elements.
Another definition of a mockingbird is innocence, which is evident in Atticus’ daughter Scout. The unwritten law, “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” is often overlooked and also obeyed in Maycomb County. Tom Robinson was just a “respectable negro” with a kind nature who was accused in absence of wrong. Mr Robinson is immediately seen as an enemy by most in town of Maycomb. Is it because of his malicious personality?