Theme Of Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee 's To Kill a Mockingbird: The Significance of a Mockingbird In a society surrounded by corruption, racism, and cruelty it is rare to find purity. Innocence is constantly being destroyed. For this reason, the harmless citizens need to be treasured and protected. Harper Lee 's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird portrays the injustices of the 1930 's that expose the innocent to the mal of the society’s intentions. Some characters in the novel are characterized as harmless and pure and are symbolized by mockingbirds. It is then stated that killing a mockingbird is a sin, therefore meaning that killing innocent people is also sin. Lee’s eye-opening novel reminds the reader that one should protect the beauty of the innocence by not allowing…show more content…
First of all, mockingbirds constantly reappear throughout the novel for they are significant symbols. Mockingbirds are beautiful birds that are known for their remarkable voices. These birds are first introduced when Atticus instructs the children on how to use the toy riffles. As Jem and Scout are shooting Atticus says: “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want… but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird” (90). With this said, mockingbirds are put in a new category of respect and can even be seen as sacred since it is a sin to kill them. This moral law that Atticus presents gives protection to the beautiful creatures. But why should the mockingbirds be the only type of breed to be kept from harm? According to Miss Maudie the answer is simple for she explains:…show more content…
For example, Tom is put in a court case for a crime he does not commit. Mayella Ewell, a young white women, accuses Tom of sexual assault. This man is unfortunately victimized since his society does not believe he is innocent due to the color of his skin. Being the black man that Tom is, it is clear that “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed” (241). There is no way that a black man’s word would override the voice of a white person. No testimony, evidence or speech can help Tom prove he is not guilty. Atticus understands that Tom is victimized by racism, so he explains: “When it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (220). It is both corrupt and cruel but that is how the injustice system works. Tom Robinson is powerless. Tom’s word has no power since his society will never believe him. His case is lost even though Mayella was the one to take advantage of his kindness. Plus Tom is never a real harm to the world for he is at a physical disadvantage. With his right arm missing it is almost impossible to cause destruction. As a matter of fact, Tom dies because of his disability. Since he knows he has no power to win his case he loses hope and attempts to escape prism. Tom is then shot multiple times and Atticus explains: “They got him just as he went over the fence…if he’d had two good arms
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