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The title carries great symbolic weight in the
novel, as it represents good being
destroyed by evil.
The mockingbird represents the idea of
good thus to kill a mockingbird is to
Throughout the novel Jem, Tom, Dill and Boo
are all symbolised as mockingbirds ie
innocents who have been destroyed through
contact with evil.
This connection is explicit after Tom's death
Mr. Underwood compares his death to "the
senseless slaughter of songbirds,"
Whilst Miss Maudie epitomises the concept of
the novel when she declares "Mockingbirds
don't do one thing but . . . sing their hearts
out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a
The fact that Jem and Scout's last name is
Finch (a small bird) suggests that they are
vulnerable and innocent within this racist