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Unlike most books the title of Harper Lees novel To Kill a Mockingbird has very little literal connection to the main plot itself but carries a great symbolic weight in the book We first start to realize the figurative meaning of the mockingbird in chapter 10 when Atticus told Jem to shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hit em but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird and also said that Mockingbirds dont do one thing but make music for us to enjoyThats why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird From these two statements we can infer that mockingbirds symbolizes innocence and harmlessness both of these traits can be seen in Tom Robinson and Boo Radley in the novel Tom Robinson as we know from the novel is a kind person who is often willing to help others in need In fact he was probably the only person who was ever decent to her During his testimony he also revealed how he has helped Mayella Ewell out with her chores countless times not because she is a white but because of his innate helpful nature despite his injured left arm He resisted kissing Mayella because of the simple fact that she was a white girl and it was socially unacceptable for a Black man to kiss a White girl Also the fact that he did not push Mayella away as he advanced provocatively towards him but instead decided to run away in the middle of the situation proving the point that he was a compassionate mockingbird who never intended to harm any one be it White or Black Unfortunately he never stood to win the case despite overwhelming evidence because of the all-white jury and the majority of the Maycomb population who were racists and were prejudiced in favour of the Whites This matter is made worse by the fact that the people of Maycomb are afraid
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