To Kill A Mockingbird Symbolism

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Atticus Finch once stated, "Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” When people bring up mockingbirds, many remember all that they do is sing. Mockingbirds don't harm us in anyway. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many characters actually symbolize the mockingbird. The mockingbird is an enormous factor in the book. To Kill a Mockingbird is a tale set in the Deep South, in Macomb Alabama during the 1930’s. The book represents a dysfunctional American society which results in extensive segregation and racial problems. As stated above, Atticus proclaimed that it was “a sin to kill a mockingbird”, as mockingbirds are gentle and always brought happiness to the world. …show more content…

Tom Robinson African-American. He was segregated and judged to no end from the community. Tom, always tried and helped when he saw. One particular situation was with Mayella Ewell. Tom said he “felt bad” for her, so he always stopped and helped her. When Mayella Ewell accused Tom of rape, no judge would take Tom’s word, that he did not. Maycomb was so racist, that they would always take a white persons word over an African-American persons word. Therefore, Tom was accused of something he did not do. He was completely innocent. Tom was left to suffer the wrath of injustice. Disregarding of Tom’s caring personality, the town were blinded by their racial prejudice and judged him on skin color, relaying the message that African Americans were inferior and inhumane. The result of Tom is like killing a mockingbird. He was innocent, and undeservedly lost his life, because of the society’s prejudice, and not being able to take an African-Americans innocent plea over a guilty white woman's. After Tom Robinson passed away, Mr Underwood wrote an editorial in the newspaper. In his editorial, Scout said explained what message he was trying to spread. ”Mr. Underwood didn’t talk about miscarriages of justice, he was writing so children could understand. Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill …show more content…

Before the trial, Jem saw his community as accepting. He didn't realize the extent of racism and segregation. When Jem sat and watched the trial, his innocence slowly faded away. He had such high hopes going in, and before the verdict. When they released the verdict, Scout described Jem as getting stabbed every time they said “guilty.” Scout relayed the message by stating, “I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: 'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' I peeked at Jem: his hand were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each 'guilty' was a separate stab between them.” This signals a growing experience on Jem’s part. He was, with a rational mind, sure of Toms’s innocence and his father’s ability to free Tom. Em was devastated as he saw the world through his eyes enlightened by the terrible injustices that happen. Jem went into the trial with innocence, and came out with permanent damage done. He had lost his innocence forever. Jem Finch represents the destruction of a mockingbird through losing his innocence as he discovered what the real world was

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