The Significance of a Mockingbird
Although the author embedded numerous symbols in the novel, the mockingbird really ties the whole story together and brings out the important morals in the story. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of a family who struggle in the prejudicial world. The children in the story, Scout and Jem Finch, face traumatizing experiences that strip them of their innocence. They are pressured to grow up and see how brutal the world can be. Even their small, old town shows this incompatibility. Through the characters of Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley, the saying of “never kill a mockingbird” comes alive.
Atticus Finch, the father of two children, was a righteous man. He was a lawyer who stuck to the law and stayed by his morals. He even took the case of defending a black man. He accepted to hopefully show the town that prejudice is wrong and to set an example for his kids. The judge appointed Atticus specifically because he would be the only one take it and actually defend to the best of his ability. The mockingbird is represented through his actions. He was always affectionate to his bothersome children and never resented towards the people that insulted him. For example, Bob Ewell spat in his face and explicitly told him that he was going to get revenge on him. “…wiped his face and stood there and let Mr. Ewell call him names wild horses could not bring her to repeat” (Lee 217). In this quote, it is clear that Atticus did not want a conflict with Mr. Ewell. Atticus hasn’t harmed anyone and he gave the objective points of view of every situation. He even suggested putting the blame on his son for the death of Bob Ewell because he felt it wasn’t right. “I’m sorry if I spoke sharply, Heck, Atticus said simply, but nobody’s hushing this up. I don’t live that way” (Lee 2730. Despite all his efforts and morals, the town still refers to him as a “nigger-lover”.
Boo Radley, the “monster” in the neighborhood, is also...
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