The Significance of the Title of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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The Significance of the Title of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The title of this novel is 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and throughout the

book the word mockingbird appears several times. The mockingbird is

the most significant symbol in the novel. The motif of the story is

the innocent creature of the mockingbird. What is a mockingbird? A

mockingbird is a type of finch. It is a small plain bird and has a

beautiful song. It got its name because its beautiful sing 'mocks'

other birds.

The mockingbird idea first comes about in chapter 10,when Atticus is

telling the children how to use their shotguns. He tells them:

"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em. But remember

it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

It was very unusual for Atticus to say something like this, as he

never tells Scout or Jem that anything is a 'sin'. This makes Scout a

bit surprised and so Miss Maudie explains that it is because

mockingbirds are neither harmful nor destructive and only make nice

music for people to enjoy. Here is what she said:

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They

don't eat up peoples 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."

In chapter 10, Tim Johnson the rabid dog is slowly walking up the road

and all the people of Maycomb are waiting for him to appear, waiting

for what is about to happen. The mockingbird idea comes up when it


'The trees were still, the mockingbirds were silent, the carpenters at

Miss Maudie's house had vanished.'

I think that the mockingbirds in this situation a...

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...I think that over the course of this novel Scout comes out to be quite

clever and forever learning new morals and ways of life. By the end of

the novel she has learnt one key lesson. That she must see thing's

from other people's views. She shows this in the book in the last

chapter when she is standing on Boo Radley's front porch. Here is the

quote on what she said:

"Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until

you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the

Radley porch was enough."

Here she puts herself in Boo Radley's shoes and imagines what it must

be like for him.

My final impression of Scout is that after all what she has been

through she has become wiser and more grown up. She has learnt

important values to life and has become more caring and understanding.
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