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Symbolism is used extensively in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird The theme of prejudice in the novel can be best perceived through the symbol of the mockingbird Atticus advised his children that if they went hunting for birds to shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hitem but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird 96 Miss Maudie explains this further by saying that 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 96 Bluejays are considered to be the bullies of the bird world They are very loud territorial and aggressive The bluejays represent the prejudiced bullies of Maycomb such us Bob Ewell Mockingbirds on the other hand are innocent and all they do is sing beautiful songs they would not harm anyone It is easy to understand that the mockingbird in the story is Tom Robinson a harmless man who becomes a victim of racial prejudice Like the mockingbird Tom has never done wrong to anyone Even the jurors who sentenced him to death had nothing personal against him They found him guilty mostly because they felt that to take the word of a black man over two whites would threaten the system under which they lived the system of segregation After Tom was killed for attempting to escape from prison Mr Underwood wrote in an editorial that he 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 247 The parallel between killing a mockingbird and killing a cripple man Tom is apparent here Both of them are completely defenseless before their persecutors and thus it is sinful for them to be killed in that
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