Symbolism In The Mockingbird

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Symbolism of the Mockingbird
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us that is why it is a sin to kill a Mockingbird” -Harper Lee Mockingbirds are only here to sing their songs and to bring us joy. A Blue Jay is someone or something that preys on the week. Mockingbirds have to be shielded from the Blue Jays. Although Mockingbirds don't always need to be protected they do have to be protected from Blue Jays because they are gentle creatures whereas the Blue Jay is territorial and corrupt. Mockingbirds are only here to sing their songs and to bring us joy. A Mockingbird is innocent, without fault and only here to help. “To kill a Mockingbird is a sin.”(119) This is because a Mockingbird is an animal that doesn’t cause harm and has proved to only have a pure heart. Tom Robinson is the predominant Mockingbird. “Tom’s death was like the senseless killing of songbirds.”(241) Since another word for mockingbird is a songbird, this quote is telling us that Tom is like a Mockingbird and that his death wasn’t supposed to happen. The unexpected Mockingbird is Boo Radley. “Atticus looked like he needed cheering up I ran to him and said ‘yes sir, I understand Mr. Tate was right’ he looked at me and said ‘what do you mean’ well it’d sort of be like shooting a Mockingbird.”(318) Clearly Scout is saying that if Maycome were to find out that Boo killed Bob it would probably kill him because Boo delights in being alone. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are the representation of the Mockingbird.
A Blue Jay is someone or something that preys on the week. Blue jays are territorial creatures who destroy the gardens of people who live around them. "In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life."(221) Fearlessly Atticus is talking to Jem about the white man or Bob Ewell. Since Atticus is defending Tom and is going against the Ewells in court Bob Ewell is targeting Atticus and his family. Bob Ewell is the most recognizable Blue jay. “They have been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations.”(30) Sternly Atticus is saying that the Ewells are not good people or at

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