Throughout their journey, these children experience times of unfairness where individuals were innocently accused of certain actions, tying into the symbolic meaning of the mockingbird. The novel’s title, To Kill a Mockingbird, provides significance towards not drawing conclusions immediately and not blaming individuals, like Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley, who don’t have a voice in society. Atticus, a lawyer and the father of Scout and Jem, is portrayed as the leader of Maycomb County—the person that everyone respects. Even though Atticus use to be the deadest shot in Maycomb County, he refuses to reveal that side of him to his children. Atticus wouldn’t teach Jem and Scout how to shoot, but he instructs them to, “…shoot all the bluejays you want [with the air rifles that the children received], if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 90).
People these days tend to make assumptions about others based on the criteria such as a person’s clothing or skin. However, people rarely realize that these assumptions can lead to violence and it could end up killing innocent citizens. In another way you can put it is that, prejudice ruins and sometimes even destroys society. It also causes people to lose all understanding for their fellow human. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (39).
To kill a Mockingbird is actually about the most important lesson you learn as a child transitioning into adulthood. The lesson of how good and evil coexists in the world, and how if you don’t learn this valuable lesson it can destroy you. At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird the main characters Scout and her brother Jem represent what we all think of kids. They both are oblivious to the fact that there is both good and evil in the world because they have never had to experience evil. You notice this when Scout and Jem meet Dill for the first time.
In the first part of the novel, Atticus tells Scout and Jem that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie later explains why it’s a sin: “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” (75). This reason reflects on the innocence of the individuals who deserve to be given true equality for their righteousness. No society or entity should be permitted to shoot down one who has committed no crime or one who is, in a sense, a mockingbird. This principle comes into play later for Atticus when he is appointed to be the defense lawyer for Tom Robinson.
And ultimately instead of being rewarded for helping out, he gets shot. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are both treated wrongly because of rumors and stereotypes. These two characters have all this in common but the ultimatum is that Boo is mostly made rumors of because of immaturity and a wacko father, but Tom is treated badly because of his race. But the characters are united in ways that would and should never be wished upon a person. And, in a way Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are both like Mockingbirds and it is a sin to do what has been done to them.
Children look up to their elders for wisdom and advice. They rely on someone experienced and with authority for guidance on how to live their lives. However, sometimes the people who are accountable for youth mislead them; they may have good intentions, but are not mature enough to exemplify their values and morals, or they simply are ignorant. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra plays a negative role: she is a proper, southern lady with a strict code of behaviour and etiquette, but is too closed-minded and obstreperous to change her ways or view the world from others’ perspectives. Calpurnia takes on the position of a positive role model by disciplining the children in the Finch household.
Even though it is obvious that Mr. Underwood does not like negroes, he writes about the injustice done upon Tom Robinson. Similar to killing a mockingbird, Tom is killed for a crime he had never committed and harm that he had never brought. Scout is one of the most innocent people in this book. During the course of this book, she goes through events and experiences, that no child should ever witness at a young age. On one hand, her father Atticus, is trying to teach her to live moral life and make the right decisions.
What I’ve discovered in this story is that sometimes you need to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Because what’s important about this book is that I couldn’t assemble about why it was named ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. This has a genuine meaning to it. When Atticus gives his children air rifles, quoted “Shoot all the Blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." It explains that mockingbirds are harmless, innocent creatures, and defeating them is incorrect, because they don't offend anyone.
In the book Atticus says to Scout, “Remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” When Scout asked Miss Maudie about it, Miss Maudie tells her, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… but they sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Killing something so innocent would be a sin because it had never done anything to hurt you. The mocking bird was important enough to be in the title of the book, giving it extra meaning and extra importance. The title To Kill a Mockingbird carries the same meaning that you should never harm something that is innocent even it is easy, and it carries throughout the story and into the trial. Although Tom Robinson was innocent but still got convicted, it shows that it was wrong to do so.
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Scout rarely hears her father talk about anything being a sin, as he was not a deeply religious man. When Scout hears her father say it it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, it conveys to her that mockingbirds are blameless animals, as later explained to her by Miss Maudie, her neighbor. The mockingbirds can be perceived as innocent because they do not work against people, but they work for them.The Mockingbirds look to help people in the way of singing. Later, Miss Maudie explains that Mockingbirds sing for people, but the unlying reason that the mockingbirds sing is to give hope.