Summary Of ' Kill A Mockingbird ' Essay

1240 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Ashley Staton
Mrs. Temple
Accelerated English III
10 November 2016
Slaughtering Songbirds In To Kill a Mockingbird, a mockingbird represents innocence being destroyed by evil. Atticus, the father or Scout and Jem, tell his children they can “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119.) Atticus tries to teach his children not to mess with innocent individuals for it is wrong. They have done nothing to deserve it. However, many characters in this novel innocence is destroyed by evil. Miss Maudie the Finch’s neighbor expounds upon Atticus explaining why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie says, “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 119.) Miss Maudie’s explanation illustrates what Atticus is trying to say to the children. Harper Lee, in To Kill a Mockingbird, uses Tom Robinison, Boo Radley and Jem Finch to symbolize the innocence of a mockingbird. Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many characters that symbolize the mockingbird. Tom Robinson is a “mild-mannered, conscientious black man whose kind acts earn him only trouble” (Telgen 292.) Tom Robinson walked past Mayella Ewell, a young white girl living in poverty, and pitied her as he saw her being overworked. Tom Robinson dismissed the “social dicta that forbid a black man from associating with…

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