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To Kill A Mockingbird Title Significance

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Typically, the title of a novel summarizes the contents of the literature in a word or short phrase. To Kill a Mockingbird, an American classic novel written by Harper Lee, is no counterexample. The title To Kill a Mockingbird is perhaps one of the best literary metaphors in modern prose writing. The reader must analyze text examples in order to realize and understand the metaphor that shapes the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird was not named the best book of the 20th century because it has an elementary plot, it earned the honor because it is overflowing with complexities and details that require thought. The thought that is required to understand the title, as well as the novel, is what makes ...view middle of the document...

Robinson was wrongly convicted of the rape of Mayella Ewell. Scout believes Mr. Underwood compared the killing of Tom to the killing of a mockingbird because he thought it was wrong to shoot a crippled man; however this has no significance to the innocence a mockingbird represents. Readers can make the assumption that Mr. Underwood was promoting Tom's innocence in a "poetic" way by using the metaphor of a mockingbird.

In the final few chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird Bob Ewell, the man that had Tom Robinson sent to court, attacks Scout and Jem on their way home from a Halloween pageant. As they were walking past the Radley house, Ewell attempted to kill the two children. This displays the capacity for evil Bob Ewell has because he is capable and willing to take the lives of innocent children. However, the unexpected hero of the story, Boo Radley, saves them. Scout and Jem were guilty of a form of “mockingbird killing” when they were younger; they would harass their recluse of a neighbor due to curiosity. Boo killed Bob Ewell in order to save the two children. The sheriff knows this, so he claims Bob Ewell killed himself in a drunken accident where he fell on his knife. Atticus thinks the sheriff is trying to...

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