First, the meaning of this novel comes from the title, which is To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book a mockingbird represents a creature that is harmless, like a mockingbird itself. All what mockingbirds do is eat, build nests, and live in trees. They do not do anything that is destructive. Atticus says to Jem, “I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90) When Atticus says this to Jem, he means to not kill anything because it is not right to kill an innocent creature. Then Miss Maudie says “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.'’ (Lee 90) This is the explanation Miss Maudie gave to Jem about how mockingbirds are innocent.
Second, Tom Robinson was an innocent person that did nothing wrong, but the jury in the court case he was in believe that he was guilty. In...
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...For example, around the end of the novel, Jem and Scout are walking home in the middle of the night from their school and a man named Bob Ewell attacks both of them, but Scout escapes. This is when Boo comes out and sticks a knife threw Bob’s back which kills him. This brings both Jem and Scout to safety. He also does nice things for Jem and Scout, like putting items in the hole of a tree in the front yard of his house for them to take.
In conclusion, when Atticus and Miss Maudie say that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, they mean it is a sin to harm innocent creatures. The innocent creatures or ‘mockingbirds’ they are referring to are: Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. In general, it is not right to give harm to any person or animal in life because of these examples and they are just plain on innocent. They give you no harm, so you should give no mischief back.
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