Themes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To kill a mockingbird , by harper Lee develops a bird motif throughout the novel with different characters who are symbols of the mockingbird, which means innocence . The bird motif helps us explore how The innocence of certain characters are killed by the values of a small town in U.S south . A demonstration of those events are portrayed by certain individuals First Tom Robinson is a young black man who is wrongly accused of a crime.Furthermore Boo Radley the talk of the town ,lastly Scout Atticus curious daughter. Hence in the novel lee integrates characters whose innocence are questioned and killed . This is important because it helps the reader explore the theme of innocence by seeing different situations in which the characters are …show more content…
No jury in this part of the world 's going to say 'We think you 're guilty, but not very ' on a charge like that. It was either a straight acquittal or nothing." (Lee 219) . As an illustration he is killed trying to escape prison because he knows that even though atticus said they could appeal the decision he knew that would not be able to save him from his fate. The mistreatment of Tom and his eventual death is a sin committed by the racist values of the southern people . To most people of maycomb this was a normal act committed towards african americans seeing that it was the 1930s. However the killing of tom is a good example of just how his innocence got killed literally and how most african americans were treated in the eyes of the …show more content…
The bruises found around her neck and the bruises on the right side of her face could only have been made by a man with two strong hands a man who led mostly with his left hand . additionally, during that time no medical evidence existed to prove that Tom raped Mayella, or that Mayella was assaulted in any way . This helps us add to reasons as to why tom 's innocence was killed and questioned even with Atticus as his lawyer and with all the evidence found clearly proving him innocent he was still sentenced to death this helps us see just how much of a mockingbird Tom Robinson was. Thus, Even with the evidence proving Tom 's innocence and his mistreatment you can see how he is a recurring symbol of the mockingbird with his innocence constantly being questioned like Boo radleys or other certain characters throughout the novel. As it says in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, It is clear that Boo radley is a mockingbird when the author states THAT "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except 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.”(Lee ) . In one way Boo is like a mockingbird. He would not harm

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