To Kill A Mockingbird: Innocence

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The title of the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” though not very obvious until told in the book, has a very large and powerful meaning behind it. It is a metaphor relating to the innocence of a mockingbird, and how innocence can be killed (like killing a mockingbird). There are many examples of this innocence, and some examples of how the innocence is killed as well. This is shown through characters like: Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Scout and Jem Finch. Tom Robinson is an example of killing the mockingbird (losing and getting rid of innocence or something innocent), Boo Radley shows another form of innocence and how it can be lost and preserved, and Scout and Jem show innocence as children. Tom Robinson was an innocent black man that was sent …show more content…
They are two innocent children who have accomplished many things - such as Scout stopping a crowd from beating Atticus and Tom Robinson by showing the wonderful and surprising innocence of a child - and experienced many things - such as Bob Ewell trying to kill them while in an enraged state from how he almost got bested in Tom Robinson’s trial. The book says, “‘What’s the matter?’ I asked. Atticus said nothing. I looked up at Mr. Cunningham, whose face was equally impassive. Then he did a peculiar thing. He squatted down and took me by both shoulders. ‘I’ll tell him you said hey, little lady,’ he said. Then he straightened up and waved a big paw. ‘Let’s clear out,’ he called. ‘Let’s get going, boys.’“ Though, through all this, they keep their innocence and therefore they each stay as the most recognisable mockingbirds throughout the story. "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." This is something Atticus said in the book, and it has a powerful meaning when you analyze the words in it’s construction. Mockingbirds are only small, sweet creatures meant to sing and please those around them. They don’t and won't cause any harm, just like the characters recognised in the book as mockingbirds. By blocking the innocence in this world, you will only grow the passage for the

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