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To Kill a Mockingbird-Mockingbird Motif 2

To Kill a Mockingbird

Mr. Underwood...likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children...in the secret courts of men's hearts, Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed.

When Scout and Jem first get their air rifles, Atticus tells them it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie agrees, because they only help by singing and never harm human beings.

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When Tom Robinson is convicted, then murdered in jail, he becomes a "mockingbird" figure. Mr. Underwood even likens his death to the killing of "songbirds" (mockingbirds). Though Tom only tried to help Mayella, she accuses him of rape and essentially signs his death warrant. His death becomes a "sin."

After Boo Radley saves the children from being murdered by Mr. Ewell, Sheriff Heck Tate wants to cover up the crime to protect Boo's closely guarded privacy. He says, "taking the one man who's done you and this town a great service and dragging him...into the limelight--to me that's a sin." When Atticus asks Scout if she could ever understand why, she replies that she does. She knows that Boo's actions were entirely good, and to open him up to the eye of the public would be a figuratively "killing" him. Though they could not protect Tom, the Finch family can protect this "mockingbird's" innocence, thus redeeming themselves.

Mr Tate is right...it would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird..."

Shoot all the bluejays you want, but remember...it's a sin to kill a mockingbird...


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