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To kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee uses the mockingbird theme with both Boo and Tom as examples and with fears and superstitions attached to the mockingbird and both characters.

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To kill a Mockingbird I. Harper Lee uses the mockingbird theme with both Boo and Tom as examples and with fears and superstitions attached to the mockingbird and both characters. II. A mockingbird is a small American songbird the colour of a sparrow and the size of a thrush. It gets its name from the ability it has to mimic other bird's song and weave them together to create beautiful sounds. "It don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples 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". Atticus asks Jack to teach Jem and Scout to shoot, as he does not wish to himself. He tells the children that he would prefer them not to shoot birds but knows they will so to "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird". The definition of a sin is in the breaking of a religious or moral law, especially by a conscious act. III. Boo or Arthur Radley is a mysterious character whose childhood misdemeanours have led to a lifetimes imprisonment. ...read more.

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She said, "I reckon I'll hafta give you a nickel, won't I?" an I said "No ma'am, there ain't no charge." "I was glad to do it, Mr Ewell didn't seem to help her none and neither did the chillun, and I knowed she didn't have no nickels to spare." But his refusal for payment eventually condemns him at the trial. Similarly to the Mockingbird, Mayella lured Tom into a trap. It was at the trial when Scout thought to herself Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world ever. She was even lonelier then Boo Radley who had not been out of his house in twenty-five years. When Atticus asked her had she any friends, she seemed not to know what he meant, then she thought he was making fun of her. She was sad, Jem called her a mixed child: white people wouldn't have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs, Negroes wouldn't' have anything to do with her because she was white. Tom Robinson was probably the only person that was ever decent to her. It was socially unacceptable for a white woman to have a relationship with a Negro, so if a white girl were caught with a Negro she would immediately cry rape. ...read more.

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Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was dead the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed. Harper Lee History Harper Lee, was born in 1926 as the youngest of three children she was brought up in the deep American South and lived in a small town called Monroeville. Harper Lee grew up in the same town as writer Truman Capote. She was a bit of a tomboy and he was more sensitive and effeminate. Both authors drew on this friendship in their works e.g. Dill in 'To kill a Mocking bird'. After attending local schools in Monroeville Harper Lee went on to study law at the University of Alabama. She never completed her degree and instead went to work in New York as an airline reservations clerk, trying to raise finance to achieve a lifelong ambition of becoming a writer. In 1960 she published her first and only novel 'To kill a Mockingbird', it became an immediate bestseller and won her many awards. To kill a mockingbird is set in a small town in Alabama in the Southern States of America. Although Maycomb is a make believe town, it is based on Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, although real places like Montgomery are ...read more.

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