To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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“‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (Lee 119). The meaning of the quote is mockingbirds don't do anything but, sing for us to enjoy. Mockingbirds only want to bring happiness in the world like some characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee stated this quote in the book to get us thinking about how Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley are mockingbirds. Tom Robinson just wanted to help Mayella Ewell but, got accused of raping her when she kissed Tom. Boo Radley was the town’s mystery neighbor. He was known to be crazy, but really he was a caring man. Atticus Finch only does what he needs to do but, he doesn’t mean to harm anyone. He wanted to give Tom a chance at …show more content…

Scout wondered why Atticus was defending Tom when he shouldn’t be. Atticus told her, “‘The main reason is, if I did not I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’” (Lee 100). Atticus believed Tom was innocent and he was going to fight to prove he was. Defending Tom was dangerous for Atticus because he was going to fight for Tom and people did not like that. One night Atticus was sitting outside the jail and a group of men came to kill Tom. Scout, out of all people, saved Atticus by talking to Mr. Cunningham and made him feel bad. After the trial, Bob Ewell went up to Atticus, spit in his face, and threatened to kill him. Not matter what Atticus was going to keep defending Tom because he believed everyone should have a fair trial. The mysterious neighbor that never comes out and eats rats is actually a nice, caring man. Boo Radley is shown throughout the book as a mockingbird in the perspective of Scout. She doesn’t want to believe Boo is a bad man. Boo gave Scout and Jem little things, soap dolls and a watch, by putting them in a hole in a tree. He put a blanket over Scout during the fire and he saved the children when Bob Ewell attacked them. Scout and Jem caught Boo’s affection when they tried to get him out of the house. Boo did not have to save Jem and Scout during the attack,

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