Symbolism is a very important part of To Kill a Mockingbird. The symbol of the mockingbird reveals the prejudice and narrow mindedness of the maycomb people The mockingbird is a symbol of innocence, and it is a sin to kill one. The Mockingbird represents under privileged black people, they are innocent and wouldn’t hurt anybody just like the mockingbird. Both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are innocent and wouldn’t hurt anybody.
The mockingbird only sings other other birds songs it does not have its own song. In a way you can say the same thing about Boo and Tom, Boo and Tom were judged by what other people said they did not have their own songs Therefore it is a sin to judge people based off of what other people say.In the beginning of chapter ten when Scout and Jem get guns for christmas Atticus says “i’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want if you hit ’em but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” Miss Maudie Atkinson further explains to Scout and Jem why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird she says “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.
Thats why its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Atticus uses the mockingbird to teach the kids that you should stand up for the innocent and stand up to the guilty like how he is standing up for Tom Robinson in court. The mockingbird represents Tom Robinson because he was framed and was innocent. In a way the jury killed a mockingbird because Tom didn’t hurt anybody or bother anybody. The reason Bob Ewell chose to frame Tom Robinson was because Tom didn’t have his own song he was a mockingbird.
Boo Radley was an angle so to speak, he wouldn’t even hurt a fly he left dolls, pennies and gum for scout and jem. He also sewed jem’s pants and saved their lives while risking his own. Scout, Jem and Dill were very curious about him because he never left his house, he didn’t want to be exposed to the prejudice of maycomb. The kids were scared of him because of the stories they were told about him for example Miss Stephanie tells the children that while he was cutting a magazine “he drove the scissors into his parents leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities.” The kids thought he was evil because of the stories they were told and they even acted out Boo radley scenes that they belived to be true