• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss Harper Lee's portrayal of the black community in To Kill A Mockingbird

    5 star(s)

    He is always shown as nice, helpful and respectful. It is said that he was a churchgoer ever since he was a boy, with a strong faith. His family are also described as "clean-living folks", the antithesis of the Ewells, who are always shown as filthy white trash.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Courage in To Kill A Mockingbird

    4 star(s)

    Tom is so honest he makes a important mistake by telling that he felt sorry for her. He says, "I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em." The mistake he makes is that he declares feeling sorry for a white woman, which is not normal at the time.

  1. What impressions are there of life in Maycomb in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    "A dirt road ran from the highway past the dump, down to a small Negro settlement some five hundred yards beyond the Ewells." In court a white man's word will always be superior to a black man's. Reverend Sykes points out to Scout, Jem and Dil: "I ain't ever seen

  2. Discuss the importance of Boo Radley in relation to the themes and plot of ...

    Aunt Alexandra shows this pride, saying; "We Finch women aren't interested in that sort of people" She is referring to the Cunningham's. Because of their living conditions and financial problems Aunt Alexandra regarded the Cunningham's with less class than the Finches.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Imagery and Symbolism

    Harper Lee uses Bird Imagery through out the novel but it is introduced in chapter 8 when Scout says, "Just as the birds know where to go when it rains, I knew when there was trouble in our street." Chapter 8 (Pg 76), Bird imagery continues throughout the novel to

  2. Is To Kill A Mockingbird an Optimistic or Pessimistic Novel?

    'It was as if a Giant foot had stamped on her.' This comment shows the lack of knowledge of how dear a spouse is and shows that Jem did not really know what was occurring. He learns though which is optimistic again.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (Chapter summaries).

    the floor and Cal, Dill and Atticus had to carry her to her cabin. A while later Atticus appeared from the house and went home. Chapter 26 In this chapter the school year begins again and Scout is surprised when Miss Gates, talks about Hitler's persecution of the Jews, contrasting it to the non-prejudiced United States.

  2. To Kill A Mockingbird - How does Harper Lee create mood and atmosphere in ...

    ? it ?turned happy picnickers into a sulky, tense, murmuring crowd.? Another line that shows the interest and observant the spectators are, ?one man leaning forward with his hands over the railing?, suggesting that the ?crowd? are captivated by what is unfolding.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work