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When the author is choosing the title of a novel they have to make sure it stands out but is still relevant to the story it also has to evoke interest in someone who casually looks at the book It has to hint at what the story is about but not give it all away Harper Lee is successful in this by titling the book To Kill A Mockingbird The title attracts potential readers as well the symbolism it infers The children are told that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird by their father and a neighbor Miss Maudie goes more in depth as to why The legend of the mockingbird which only sings to please others and subsequently a sense of sin is associated in killing the mockingbird has been woven into the plot The mockingbird is used to represent the characters and events surrounding them Tom Robinson and discrimination against him the justice system racism prejudice childish innocence and Boo Radley Tom Robinson is a kind gentle man who like the mockingbird has never hurt anyone and only wanted to help Mayella Ewell because he felt sorry for her and what she had to go through But the fact that he was black overshadowed his good character he was incarcerated and dead the minute Mayella Ewell cried out falsely that he raped her His arrest and subsequent death was likened to killing an innocent animal Mr Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples be they standing sitting or escaping He likened Toms death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children P 241 The justice system is like a mockingbird as well It is in place to help society - for the citizens benefit however it is possible to be killed as it was in Tom Robinsons case The jury didnt give one thought to all the evidence against a white man Bob Ewell
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