The Title of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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The novel is written by Harper Lee The title, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a very fitting title for the novel, because the story revolves around the idea of innocence being lost, destroyed by evil and the cruelty of a narrow-minded society. Mockingbirds are harmless creatures that ‘don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us,’ but it is powerless against its attackers. The main mockingbirds in the novel are the characters, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson who are both attacked by the cruel society of Maycomb in different ways but are defenceless and cannot fight back. Mayella Ewell and Dolphus Raymond are symbolised as mockingbirds as well. Arthur Boo Radley was not a very clever boy and while all the other boys went to a state …show more content…

When Scout though she heard laughter coming from inside the Radley house, it is scary for her but we as readers eventually see that this laughter is innocent and from Boo, who was watching them play. In fact, we see that he is a quiet, generous man, ‘he always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks said he did’ and polite too. We see how Boo is also intelligent because he leaves a spelling medal he probably won in the knothole in the old oak tree along with the skilfully carved, beautiful soap figures, ‘they were almost perfect miniatures’ and other little treats. He leaves the gifts without expecting anything in return. His caring nature is shown further in the quote, ‘you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you’ which is when Boo wrapped a blanket around Scout the night of the fire at Miss Maudie’s, the fact Boo did it so quietly was that he did not wish to be noticed, and that he didn’t mind not being thanked. He also mends Jem’s ripped pants again leaving them with no actual note that he did it. His watchfulness means that he picks up on the danger even Atticus himself missed when he saves Scout’s and Jem’s lives. This is his best gift to the children because he risked

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