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In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee we witness Jem and Scouts development into maturity during the duration of the novel Throughout their childhood they observe incidents that happen in their town and learn to examine the institutions around them more closely Their father Atticus is a man of morals and ethics He teaches them moral lessons to make them better people in society In the novel Jem and Scout are taught that its a sin to kill a mockingbird what real courage is and to consider things from other peoples perspectives in order to understand them One of the greatest lessons Jem and Scout learn from their father is that its a sin to kill a mockingbird The mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson who were both peaceful people who never did any harm To kill or harm them would be a sin Atticus tells Jem after getting them air rifles Id rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard but I know youll go after the birds Shoot all the bluejays you want if you hitem but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird Scout the younger of the two is puzzled by this and asks Miss Maudie about it Miss Maudie explains 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 The mockingbird symbolizes these characters because it does not have its own song Whereas the bluejays are loud and obnoxious the mockingbird only sings other birds songs The mockingbird is seen through the other birds The people of Maycomb only knew Boo Radley and Tom Robinson by what others said about them These characters due to stereotypes isolation and intolerance are characterized by other peoples viewpoints Boo
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