Quote: “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 . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
This is an imporant metaphor that is introduced. Mockingbirds do no harm and sing for everyone. However, its the innocent ones that usually get hurt. There are many mockingbirds in the novel. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are prime examples of this.
Boo Radley has be stripped of childhood by his abusive father. He has been locked up for a very long time which resulted in the shyness of Boo. He was nearing his 40’s and he has not been out enough to see the real world. Deprived of life by his father, Boo was shy and awkward around Scout when they eventually meet. Boo plays an important role as a mockingbird who saves Scout and Jem from being assaulted by Mr. Ewell.
Tom Robinson is falsey accused of raping Mayella. Im reality Tom Robinson has been helping out Mayella for some time now and Tom has been nice to her all the time. Mayella started to have feelings for the black man; therefore, she attempted to kiss Tom. She was caught red-handed by Mr. Ewell and Mayella covered her love for the black man with a rape story. She accused Tom of assaulting and raping her.