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In the Harper Lee novel To Kill A Mockingbird we are lead through the lives of two young siblings Scout and Jem during two significant years of their childhood The story is narrated by Scout the hot-headed daughter of local lawyer Atticus Finch In court Atticus represents a black man charged with the rape of a white girl The outcome of this trial eventually leads to the demise of the defendant Shoot at all the blue jays you want if you can hit em but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird Atticus Finch Chapter 10 Page 99 In the quotation above Atticus displays his disapproval of senseless destruction As a young man he was gifted with excellent marksmanship and enjoyed shooting doves out of the sky At some point in his life he saw that his talent was an unfair advantage over nature and refused to shoot an animal again unless it was absolutely necessary Atticus doesnt want his children to kill the blue jays but if it keeps them away from the mockingbirds hell let it pass Mockingbirds dont do one thing but make music for us to enjoy They dont eat up peoples gardens dont nest in corncribs they dont do one thing but sing their hearts out for us Thats why its a sin to kill a mockingbird Miss Maudie Chapter 10 Pages 99-100 Miss Maudie explains to the children why its a sin to kill a mockingbird They are harmless creatures that she seems to believe were placed on Gods planet purely to bring happiness to human beings Tom Robinson is symbolic of the mockingbird Brought up as a good natured man he never wished harm upon anyone else and even though he was a cripple he did what he could to help others Mayella Ewell needed his help to chop up some wood and Tom complied with her request Mayella pointed the
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