Wednesday, March 7, 2007

"To Kill A Mockingbird"

When Atticus tells Jem that it is a sin to kill a mocking bird because it is completly harmless and doesn't cause any disturbances do you think it could be foreshadowing to something much bigger than just killing a mockingbird later on in the story?

16 comments:

Pop!Goes my heart..for Edward said...

Maybe there are more than just one "mockingbird" within this book. I can see foreshadowing with the instance of the trial that Atticus is serving for. Could the mockingbird be Tom Robinson? To be continued because the bell just rang...

homestar_runner said...

I think that the mockingbird symbolizes good people in the story who are destroyed by evil. Atticus says it is a sin to kill a mockingbrid because they do not harm anyone. I think that the mockingbird could symbolize Boo Radley or the African Americans in this story. Boo Radley does nothing to harm anyone, like a mockingbird, therefore he should be left alone. Also, not all African Americans are bad people, therfore they should be treated equally and left alone

Pop!Goes my heart..for Edward said...

I agree with homestar_runner: I believe that there are many mockingbirds that have been "destroyed by evil." Take Ms. Dubose for instance. She seems to be a semi-great person, expecially when she gives the cameilla flower to Jem. However with her addiction to her painkillers(The "Evil"), she has been transformed into a monster.

Princess Ariel said...

I think that Atticus could also be one of the "mockingbirds" in this story. Up until the time when the judge chose Atticus to defend Tom Robinson, everyone in Maycomb respected him. He seemed to be what held Maycomb together. Once word got out that he was defending Tom Robinson, people in the town started looking down on him. They would try to tear him down, for defending someone of a different race. Atticus wasn't doing anything wrong or harming anyone, yet it seemed like everyone wanted to shoot his dreams and goals down.

Carl said...

well of course it does

Benjamin Disraeli said...

Poor Boo Radley. I really feel for this guy. I believe he is this metaphysical mockingbird that everyone is just palpitating to find. He sits up in his house watching the kids, not hurting a soul and yet the children hurt him with their malicious little stories about his scissor weilding father stabbing killer trees lifestyle.

Imoen said...

I agree with princess ariel, I think that Atticus is a great example of a mockingbird in the story. He is a good man who doesn't bother anyone and lives his life well and yet the town is out to get him for trying to do the right thing.

floridaprincess said...

I definitely think the mockingbird is symbolic of Tom, and that is why the author named this book that. It is pretty obvious to me he is innocent, because I have been reading ahead. I think that the author is trying to say that killing him is wrong for the same reason that killing a mockingbird is wrong. "(They) don't do one thing but make music for people to enjoy." They don't bother anyone or anything at all.
I think she wrote this book to show people how prejudiced they really were at that time, and to show them how wrong their prejudice was.

Tourettesguy said...

I think that Atticus tells Jem about the mockingbird just as an example for life, saying that you shouldn't treat others badly if they show you the same respect.

Dr. Hoopz said...

I think that this post was great recognition because I dont think the title of the book would be To Kill A Mockingbird if this was the only mentioning in the entire book

money mike said...

I think this is foreshadowing, because I think someone innocent will be killed like Tom Robinson who may get killed just for being black.

Jesus Christ said...

I think the reason that Atticus tells this to Jem is to relate it to how she should live her life. It is like the saying do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Of course this is foreshadowing why else would it be in there! I think that we are about to see Atticus do what this saying says by defending a black man.

ginger said...

Jesus do you realize that Jem is a "he" because you put "she" in you comment was it just a typo?...

Dr.Gonzo said...

I think that this is the reason why Atticus stands up for Tom Robinson. Because he thinks it is a sin to kill this man, because he did nothing wrong. Just like how it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they did nothing wrong.

Emily Osment said...

I agree with dr.Gonzo. Atticus knows it is a sin to kill an innocent black man, just like it would be a sin to kill an innocent white man. He will not let people sit back and watch Tom Robinson be killed. I think that takes a lot of courage for him to do so! Also I agree with dr.gonzo again when he was saying how Atticus thinks it is a sin to kill this man, when he did nothing wrong, just like it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, when they did nothing wrong! Well said dr.!

honey said...

So the point is clear, there is forshadowing to something much bigger than just killing a mockingbird according to the trials occuring in the story.