Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

These words, spoken by Atticus are the central theme of the novel, and

the source of the novel's title. Miss Maudie further elaborates these

words, by saying; "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but sing out their

hearts for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." It is a

very cruel thing indeed to kill, or even harm something that does not

harm us; rather is a source of benefit for us, like these

mockingbirds, that don't 'eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in

corncribs, but make music for us to enjoy."

In the novel we can identify several people as mockingbirds: good,

innocent people who have been punished due to no fault of their own.

One of these is no doubt Boo Radley– just as mockingbirds do not harm

people, but "only sing their hearts out for us," in the same way Boo

Radley does not harm anyone, rather he leaves little presents for Jem

and Scout in the knothole, covers Scout with a blanket when she is

shivering with cold during the fire, and when the time comes, he even

saves the children from Bob Ewell when...

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