The Sin of Killing a Mockingbird
“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”(Lee 90). They’re beautiful, harmless creatures that do nothing, but sing their hearts out. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, the literal reference of the mocking bird is depicted as an innocent creature, a creature that is considered a sin if you kill one. In the story, the mockingbirds are depicted as two characters; Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. The characters show significance towards the story and the title.
The literal reference of the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson . “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90) This begins to explain more on what the mockingbird means, then Miss Maudie fully explained why it was a sin to kill a mockingbird to Scout. “Your father’s right,” “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 mocking.”(Lee 90) The literal reference of a mockingbird is show how good it is.
Boo Radley is considered a mockingbird. “The Maycomb school grounds adjoined the back of the Radley lot; from the Radley chickenyard tall pecan trees shook their fruit into the schoolyard, but the nuts lay untouched by the children: Radley pecans would kill you. A baseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball and no questions asked.” (Lee 143) In the story the mockingbird, Boo Radley was looked as a dangerous individual, when really, he was misunderstood. In the story, Scout and Jem are put in a life or death situation. They were walking home from a play when they got attacked by Bob Ewell, when they got saved by Boo Radley in the nick of time and Boo ended up killing Bob in order to save the kids. In the story, Scout was questioned on the death of Bob Ewell, while she knew exactly...
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