The symbol of killing a blameless bird is repeated through out the story when Harper Lee describes Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Calpurnia. The following words of Atticus to his children explain it “…but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90). To Kill a Mockingbird, is the expression of the mocking bird and some people as innocent victims. The mockingbirds in the story were Tom Robinson, Calpurnia, and Boo Radley.
Riley Cusack Mrs.Geronikolas ENG1D1-09 05/08/2014 Three Representations of Mockingbirds Mockingbirds are cheerful birds who mean no harm, and never do one thing but make beautiful music for all to hear. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, those who are innocent and harmless and never show hatefulness can be described as mockingbirds. According miss Maudie, mockingbirds are described as "...[those who] don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us"(Lee103). Harper Lee uses the fictional town of Maycomb to show how judgemental society can be. To Kill a Mockingbird is significant as a title because it becomes a symbol for the characters Tom Robinson, Jean Louise "scout" Finch and Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley.
The Significance of the Title To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee In this novel the most significant symbol is the mocking bird. A mocking bird is a type of Finch: a small, discrete bird with a beautiful song, which 'mocks' or imitates the other birds' song. One of the most explicit references made about mocking birds is that in chapter 10. Atticus is telling Scout and Jem how top use their shotguns for the first time, he says, 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em but remember it's a sign to kill a Mockingbird.' Harper Lee uses symbolism implicitly to liken mocking birds to certain characters and explicit references to describe the atmosphere created by events throughout the book.
Its literal meaning is to not kill the mockingbird because they are not harmful to us, all they ever do is to entertain people by their singing. When Jem gets the air rifles, Atticus says he knows Jem’s targets would be the birds and he tells him that it is sinful to kill a mockingbird. Ms. Maudie explains to Scout: ‘Mockingbirds 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.’ (92, ch.
While he doesn’t play a role in the largest events of the story, he has crucial moments of humaneness in his interactions with the Finch children. Boo’s interactions in the story are kept quiet for the first portion of the book, while the children are obsessed with finding him or getting him to come out of the Radley house. During a fire at Miss Maudie’s house, Scout finds herself with a blanket suddenly over her shoulders, not knowing where it came from. When she told Atticus, he mentions that they are in front of the Radley house, so it was most likely Boo that gave her the blanket (76). This unprovoked act of kindness from Boo is a brilliant way for Lee to bring a little more compassion to the story.
(chp 30). Sherriff Tate's choice to cover up for Arthur 'Boo' Radley is the right choice because Boo Radley did the morally right thing, the situation would be a waste of resources, and it would have brought unwanted commotion to the town. "Mockingbirds 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."
The boys try to steal a millstone, but it proves too heavy for them, so they sneak Jim out to help. As Huck and Jim struggle with the millstone, Huck wryly notes that Tom has a talent for supervising while others do the work. Tom tries to get Jim to take a rattlesnake or rat into the shack to tame, and then tries to convince Jim to grow a flower to water with his tears. Jim protests against the unnecessary amount of trouble Tom wants to create, but Tom replies that his ideas present opportunities
Mockingbirds do no harm to anything they just sing. The two characters in this book that represents this symbol is Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson is a “mockingbird” because he is wrongfully accused of raping a white girl. Through the prejudice of the people in Macomb he later convicted and killed, even when he never did anything to Mayella Ewell. Boo Radley is also another great example of a “mockingbird” because no accepts him throughout the town which forces him to hide in his home.
At the end, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell symbolize the mockingbirds that are innocent, contribute goodness to the society, and stand up for justice but are treated unfairly. Boo who is innocent and cares about the children is injured by the evil and is segregated from the outer world. Tom Robinson is convicted and found guilty by the manacles of injustice for being beneficial to the community. Mayella Ewell who stood up for justice is punished and forced to lie to convict her love. Is it a sin to kill a mockingbird?
In the book, hostility is shown when the boys become crazy hunting machines and are sort of obsessed with killing things. In the poem, hostility is shown when the ‘normal’ kids at camp have an ongoing obsession to harm the handicapped boy. Both deal with unhealthy obsessions, and both have a negative impact on the events in the story. All of this hostility had to come from somewhere: the children’s curiosity. Curiosity always kills the cat, and these children’s curiosity wasn’t that extreme, but it definitely wasn’t helpful.