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When Atticus Tells Scout it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird she didn't understand why and when she asked Miss Maudie she tells her “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] Scout whatever rumor she hears she believes everything they say, but when Atticus sees what Scout believes is truth he tells her,” 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.”[Lee 30] Scout didn't understand why Atticus meant but in later in the book she recognizes what he meant now,” Atticus was right
Atticus tells her don't judge until you really know the person and understand their point of view. Lee shows us the meaning of the mockingbird and who can symbolize a mockingbird, since a mockingbird don't bother anyone but yet some people still kill them.
Boo Radley has been always judged by everyone in Maycomb since he was a young boy.
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee