To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

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To Kill a Mockingbird

1. “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” Speaker: Atticus
Shows his strong sense of character about doing what is morally right to do, regardless of what others think He is not persuaded by the rest of Maycomb’s racist ways. Racism is a prominent factor in the novel Sets a good example, he is a leader in Maycomb, and for his children

“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.” Speaker: Miss Maudie

Repeats the mockingbird theme shortly after Atticus introduces it to us Clarifies the theme
Connects Atticus and Miss Maudie on their similar beliefs, and lessons they hope to instill in the children

“I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Speaker: Atticus

Introduces theme about mockingbirds
Representative of Atticus’ beliefs, helps us to see his character and morals We begin to see the symbolism between his lesson and the mockingbirds of the novel (Tom Robinson, Boo Radley)

“The main reason is, if I didn’t couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell toy or Jem not to do something again.” Speaker: Atticus

Atticus is staying true to his character as a leader in town by taking Tom Robinson’s case, by doing what is right If Atticus was to not take the case, he himself would know inside he would be doing the wrong thing He would be a hypocrite telling his children to do the right thing, if he himself was not able to Stays true to his admirable, strong character

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with...
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