January 4, 2013
1. “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 bus sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Atticus explains why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird in this quote. He wants to teach Jem, Scout, and Walter that killing an innocent mockingbird is a sin. Atticus gives a hint that hurting an innocent person is evil as well. It relates to the theme - moral education. Atticus teaches his children from right to wrong. In the end of movie, Scout says: “Well, it would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn't it?” It compares Arthur Radley (Boo Radley) to an innocent “mockingbird” which is “killed” by the “sinned” men. It proves how successful moral-teacher Atticus is. 2. “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let’em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change” Atticus From this quote, I understand that Atticus is a pacifist. He does not want his kids to fight with others through violence for any reason, but fighting for justice peacefully. This relates to the theme of moral education. Atticus wants his children to remember the rule. He plays a role of father, and a model of his kids. At the end of the movie, when Mr. Ewell spits on Atticus’ face, he is not excited to fight him, but just wipes the spit on his face with a handkerchief, and steps forward and throws that handkerchief. He uses a peaceful way to fight back, which shows his gentlemanliness of solving a problem to his kids. 3. “If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other page number? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all...
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