Why is the Novel Called To Kill a Mockingbird? Essay

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Why is the Novel called To Kill a Mockingbird. In order for us to understand the reason why the novel is called "To Kill a Mockingbird", we need to take into account what the title actually means. The mockingbird is a type of finch, and it gets its name from its ability to make sounds that mimic other animals. This bird is not a predator and all it does is to make music. In the book the references made to the mockingbird are ones of great significance. The first time we come across this in the novel is when Atticus Finch says to his son Jem Finch, "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." The children, Jem and his sister Scout do not, at first, understand the…show more content…
It is only towards the end of the novel that the children make the connection. One of the main and most significant characters in the whole book is, of course Atticus Finch. He is the father of Jem and Scout (who narrates the story), and he is also a lawyer in Maycomb. Atticus is a man with very strong views and beliefs and he looks at everyone and tries to understand whom they are and where they are coming from. He aims to understand people as if he were inside them and this is reflected in his words to scout ," You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." He is subtly instructing the children about some fundamental lessons in life Atticus has a firm sense of self-respect and pride and he is the same person in public as he is at home. It is because of his sense of pride, that Atticus feels a responsibility to take on Tom Robinson's case and make sure that he gets a fair trial. He says to Scout, when she asks him why he took the case, "The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again." In other words, He would feel like a hypocrite if he did not take on the case. Atticus is perhaps one of the only characters in the novel who is not racially prejudiced in any way. He
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