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The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee has a title that not only makes you appreciate the book more because you may only understand once you’ve taken the journey to  read it but it also captures what it means to kill a mockingbird in a symbolic way both mentally and physically. In the book, Harper Lee uses the recurring theme of a mockingbird, and after many class discussions the theme stands as: A character of innocence discriminated against, to kill one would suggest killing innocence. Many symbols of the mockingbird character appear in the book and the two main arguments of mockingbird characters are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. While Tom Robinson’s mockingbird was a much more literal and physical case and Boo Radley was a definite metaphorical example.Harper Lee gives the title To KIll A Mockingbird a symbolic but also to the letter meaning. Eventually, you reach the part of the book where Harper Lee uses the metaphor To Kill A Mockingbird very literal when looking at Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson fits the mockingbird archetype because he was innocent in the trial against him. Even though people assumed he was guilty just because he was black. In Chapter 10 Atticus and Miss Maudie warn, ” I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s 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 father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (pg10.2). Atticus doesn’t want the children to shoot the Mockingbirds because they are innocent and havent done anything to anyone. Harper Lee wants us to make the connection from Tom Robinson’s innocence to one of a mockingbirds and help us to know that people see that it’s inhumane to kill an innocent bird for fun but can’t see how killing an innocent man is just as barbaric and how insane that is.In addition to the physical characteristics of this theme, we can further argue that there are also very symbolic representation as well. Boo Radley is our town shut in and he is shrewdly discriminated against and is “killed” in an emotional, spiritual, and psychological way. In this story Boo Radley represents goodness. Boo and Tom Robinson are similar in the way that they are innocent but we see more into Boo Radleys life than we do Tom Robinson’s so we can assess that he’s actually symbolic for good. Boo Radley was destroyed by his father

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