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Of Committing Sins And Killing Birds

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A sin is an immoral act of wickedness, but it is something all humans do and have done; some are just more extreme than others. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee that perceives the world through Scout’s eyes as she grows up in a racist society and learns more about her community. The title here mentions of killing mockingbirds, which is considered a sin because mockingbirds do not hurt anyone and are innocent. Looking into further detail, mockingbirds actually represent those who are virtuous and generous, but simultaneously defenseless. The theme of mockingbirds is a constant reminder throughout the story, and those are the ones in society that people, as a duty, must ...view middle of the document...

He was falsely alleged for raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, for this matter. In truth, his only offense was that he dutifully continued to help and talk to Mayella in order for her to feel less lonelier in the desolate place she lived, for completely free of charge. Mr. Gilmer questioned Tom’s deeds during the court, asking for the reason he did all those chores for free. Robinson’s response was,”‘Yes, suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of them...’” (197). He exhibits empathy and compassion for someone who their society considers above him. He was not expressing his sympathy for her as a “Negro” man; he was earnestly reaching out to her as a fellow human being. His thoughtful actions undoubtedly show that he is a mockingbird; he is one who genuinely continues to think kindly of people and show an affinity for them, even those who deceitfully accuse him of a grave crime in order to selfishly save themselves.
Additionally, mockingbirds essentially are innocent creatures, and Arthur “Boo” Radley is another prime example. Upon the first introduction of Boo, he seemed to be a murderous entity. All of Maycomb’s citizens immediately pointed at him for all mishaps and crimes, even if it was proven he that he was not the one at fault. Although he was seen as a monster to the world, he in reality was a shy, benevolent person. He gave the children little amusing trinkets, sewed Jem’s pants and neatly folded them, and wrapped Scout with a warm blanket as she stood in the freezing cold, watching Miss Maudie’s house burn. Most importantly, he even risked his life to save Scout and Jem when he saw that they were attacked by Bob Ewell, the town drunk, who was vengeful for Atticus’ words during the courts. Mr. Tate, the town sheriff, tried to convince Atticus that Bob fell on his own knife...

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