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Mockingbirds Essay

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In life there are people who don’t bother anyone. These people have nothing negative to say and in our society they might be considered “Mockingbirds.” In Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, she presents the reader with multiple characters who act similar to “Mockingbirds.” Harper Lee portrays these people in the story when Atticus says [Modified] “Mockingbirds don’t do anything to bother us, they don’t nest in our gardens, they don’t eat our crops, all they do is sing their hearts out for us.” An example of a “Mockingbird” in the novel is Scout. She’s constantly getting in trouble from Miss Caroline for no reason. Atticus is another “Mockingbird.” He was trying to help Tom in the trial but he’s still getting punished by the town even though he’s trying to do the right thing. Miss Maudie, another “Mockingbird” is being bothered by the foot washer Baptists who disapprove of her way of life.
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Scout was afraid of Miss Dubose, as well as Jem, but still went with him even though she knew she didn’t have to.
I would also consider Atticus a “Mockingbird.” In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus is appointed to defend Tom Robinson who was accused of raping Bob Ewell’s daughter Mayella. Even though Atticus was busy at the time he still agreed to the job. After people heard about Atticus defending Tom they called him names and even formed a mob to “jump” Atticus. Yet Atticus stood by his beliefs and was still going to defend Tom. Atticus also never had anything negative to say to people and has a very high level of integrity so he endured all the abuse and continued to help Tom Robinson. Atticus would also be considered a “Mockingbird” because of how he treats people. Atticus always treated people in a respectful fashion. He always referred to people as “Miss” or “Mr.”
In Harper Lee’s novel, all of the “Mockingbirds” related to each other strongly in a different way. Scout was Atticus’s daughter, Atticus was Scouts dad and Miss Maudie was Scout and Atticus’s good friend. Miss Maudie would also be a “Mockingbird” similar to Atticus and Scout. Miss Maudie had a level of integrity similar to Atticus. She stuck to her beliefs and wouldn’t change them for anyone. For example, she was constantly harassed by the foot washer Baptists telling her she would go to hell because she spent so much time in god’s garden she just wanted to live her life the way she wanted. Miss Maudie was also very caring for Scout and Jem by making them each a small cake without expecting anything in return. She would also be considered “cool” because she never told on Scout and Jem when they did something wrong.
Scout, Atticus and Miss Maudie were just a few examples of “Mockingbirds” in Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” They would be some of the most evident “Mockingbirds” because each of them didn’t take what other people thought into account. They each also had a high level of integrity. For example Miss Maudie stuck to her beliefs when other people contradicted them as the Baptists did, as did Atticus and Scout.

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