Examples Of Bluejays In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the mockingbird is used as a symbol of perfection and innocence by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch the father of the protagonist, Scout states “I’d rather you shoot at tin cans… but I know that you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the Bluejays you want… but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”(Lee, 119). The bluejays and mockingbirds are a direct allusion to both the paltry and good of Maycomb. The bluejays are a symbol of the racists, bigots, and criminals of Maycomb. With the most notorious being Bob Ewell the local “boozer” and shut-in of Maycomb. Comparable to the Blue Jays who harass and annoy the people, Bob Ewell also does nothing positive. According to Jem, all Bob Ewell does is spend his welfare…show more content…
Rather Atticus is the ethical pillar of Maycomb County, which the citizens are, “perfectly willing to let him do what they’re too afraid to do themselves.” (Lee, 316). To champion change toward racial acceptance and equality. His dedication to the field of justice, eagerness to change societal perceptions and his efforts to change the “order of things” is his contribution to the world. Like a mockingbird he contributes all his power to help, Atticus works his “heart out” which “tears him to pieces.”(Lee, 316). Atticus’ eloquent defences and statements are a direct allegory to the mockingbird’s song which is meant to comfort and bring about positivity. It is in this sense that Atticus Finch can be considered the most prominent mockingbird of this postbellum novel, due to his never ending desire to help the helpless and to effect change in the world for the purpose of spreading equality. And that is the reason why all who opposed him ultimately relented, one example being the Cunninghams at the jailhouse who after realizing their “shameful” mistake departed without another word.
The second mockingbird of this novel is Tom Robinson, a humble african-american who was convicted and charged with the rape of Mayella Ewell. Unlike the other two mockingbirds on this compendium this character is a negro, which in that era, carried a myriad of negative sentiments in the south. One being that “negro men are not to be
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