To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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The book, To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s during the time of segregation between blacks and whites. Two of the main characters, Miss Maudie and Atticus, say it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie is an old lady that lives down the road from Atticus and his two children: Jem and Scout. Several times in the novel they say this is a sin because of a mockingbird’s innocence. The title, To Kill a Mockingbird, is appropriate for this novel because it follows the meaning of the book and two of the main characters, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, are innocent people.
First, the meaning of this novel comes from the title, which is To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book a mockingbird represents a creature that is harmless, like a mockingbird itself. All what mockingbirds do is eat, build nests, and live in trees. They do not do anything that is destructive. Atticus says to Jem, “I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90) When Atticus says this to Jem, he means to not kill anything because it is not right to kill an innocent creature. Then Miss Maudie says “Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'’ (Lee 90) This is the explanation Miss Maudie gave to Jem about how mockingbirds are innocent.
Second, Tom Robinson was an innocent person that did nothing wrong, but the jury in the court case he was in believe that he was guilty. In the court case, Tom Robinson who is black was convicted of raping a young girl, Mayella Ewell, who was white. Segregation occurred during the time of the court case, which led to Tom Robinson being guilty. There was clear evidence that he was innocent. The evidence stated was that there were hand marks on the back of Mayella’s neck, but Tom Robinson had a broken arm so he could not have put both hands around her neck. Also she got punched in her right eye, but Tom Robinson was unable to...

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