To Kill a Mockingbird

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In the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, an ongoing theme throughout the book is it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. This theme comes from Atticus instructing Jem not to shoot mockingbirds with his air rifle, because it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie tells Scout that Atticus is correct; mockingbirds don’t do anything to disturb people, all they do is sing beautifully for everyone to hear. Author Harper Lee shows this theme using characterization. First, Tom Robinson is a lucid example of a human mockingbird. “‘Well, I says it looked like they never help her none-’ ‘You did all this chopping and work from sheer goodness, boy?’ ‘Tried to help her, I says.’ Mr. Gilmer smiled grimly at the jury. ‘You’re a mighty good fellow, it seems- did all this for not one penny?’ ‘Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em-’(224). Tom Robinson is a benevolent man who tries to do what he can for others without anything in return. Tom tries to help Mayella without asking anything of her, because he feels sorry for her. Mayella not understanding Tom’...

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