“Shoot All The Blue Jays If You Want, If You Can Hit’Em,

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“Shoot all the blue jays if you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,” ( Lee pg 90) In Harper Lee’s famous novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the author emphasizes the major issue of justice representing the symbol of a mockingbird. Taking place in the 1930s in the Deep South, a time when racial inequality and great intolerance were highly prevalent. The novel comes out as an injustice to the most gracious and thoughtful but unjustly accused citizens from the town of Maycomb. The kind, good natured, African American, Tom Robinson is not fairly put on trial for the “rape” of Mayella Ewell. Regardless of the racial injustices going around, Boo Radley is discriminated by the people of Maycomb, having…show more content…
That 's why it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee, ch 10) Miss Maudie 's definition of the mockingbird fits perfectly with the characteristics of Tom Robinson, especially in his current situation with Mayella. "Tom Robinson was the only person who was ever decent to [Mayella]." (Lee, ch 19) During the trial, it is pressed many times by both Tom and Mayella that he was helpful to her , fixing things for her when he was walking by and such - and the fact that the jury and the socially unjust town’s people of Maycomb could convict Tom for commiting a crime he did not commit but condeming him because of the colour of his skin is disgusting. Tom 's lack of faith for his appeal after the jury found him guilty got himself killed and the prejudiced and racist Maycombians are to blame.

Boo Radley represents a mockingbird slain by society 's prejudice towards those who don 't conform. Boo is a thoughtful, vulnerable man who is ridiculed by his neighbours. Scout describes Boo as a harmless, shy character, similar to the vulnerability of the mockingbird. His idle neighbours ridiculed and alienated him as he was a recluse who failed to meet the town 's standards. The neighbourhood did not bother to reach out to him as they were intolerant to his differences. Gossips were made about him and he was known as a "malevolent phantom". Despite of the rejection he faced,
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