To Kill a Mockingbird uses the constant theme of hurting those who are innocent. These innocent beings are Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and arguably Jem and Scout Finch. Atticus tells Scout it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, though Scout doesn’t understand why. Miss Maudie explains to her, and the mockingbird symbolism is apparent throughout the rest of the story. These mockingbirds are harmed by people who have lost their way. But why do people harm the innocent? These people were innocent at some point, too. They grew up, though, experienced life, and committed the sin of killing a mockingbird.
“ 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. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
So why do the guilty harm the guiltless? Why do the sinful corrupt the pure? And why do the evil corrupt the angelic? The answer is simple. The hunters are lost. They are lost and do not realize what innocence means anymore. But to the mockingbirds, the world of the hunters interferes with their being, their moral, their innocence.
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