Theme Of Guilty In 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

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What is felt when reading a novel? Love or Hate? Agreement or Disagreement? In To Kill a Mockingbird, that was the question the whole book revolves around. While reading this essay, the same questions will be asked. But this time just think about, “I’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays if you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”(119)
Mockingbirds do nothing but sing and make music for us. It’s a sin to kill them because all they do is please us and it would be wrong to kill them for pleasure. In this book mockingbirds are many different things, one of them being a man named Arthur (Boo) Radley. In the whole story Jem and Scout
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Which was he was proven guilty to. Guilty is used with caution because he wasn’t actually guilty, the jury just didn’t believe him because of the color of his skin. Much like Boo, he created no harm to anyone yet he was targeted by the townspeople. All Tom wanted to do was be a helpful and caring human being but because of his skin he couldn’t be taken seriously or in the way that he wanted to be. Tom’s innocence towards the crime symbolizes him as the mockingbird. But the main reason Tom is a mockingbird is because of the senselessness of killing him. When he was shot in prison it was like killing a mockingbird. It created no good, prevented no evil, just like killing a mockingbird. Not only does “to kill a mockingbird is a sin”(119), represent adults and their lives, it also represents the children’s innocence being lost. In the first half of the book the children are innocent and don’t know a lot yet. But after the trial and learning everything else, they definitely are not as innocent as they were. Taking Jem and Scouts innocence is like killing a mockingbird because it’s so beautiful. They didn’t see anything wrong with the world and now they’ve seen how Tom was discriminated and Boo was made fun of, their not like they used to be. Their innocence is gone and the mockingbird is

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