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To Kill a Mockingbird Remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something and I asked Miss Maudie about it Your fathers right she said Mockingbirds dont do one thing but make music for us to enjoy but sing their hearts out for us Thats why its a sin to kill a mockingbird 90 Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee one will see that nearly every character is a mockingbird In the symbolic meaning of the word a mockingbird is innocent and pure Tom Robinson Atticuss children and Boo Radleys take center stage when theyre innocence is attacked Tom Robinson is easily identified as an innocent who is unfairly attacked As Mr Underwood compared Toms death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children 241 He was clearly innocent the only thing that he was guilty of was being an African American That condemned him to death far more then any amount of evidence or testimonies the prosecution provided or could have provided Tom was a good person but even Scout the youngest and most naive of the characters was able to figure out that Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed 241 Atticus had proved it physically impossible for Tom to do such a thing with his disability Not only did he do that he gave the jury another more feasible attacker Mr Ewell Atticus showed that for someone to have raped Mayella and left the bruises that she had the person would have had to be able to use both hands and be left handed Tom was a cripple and his only good hand was his right so it was not possible for him to have done it Jem and Scout can also be compared to mockingbirds During the story it is evident that they
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