to kill a mockingbird

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'To Kill a Mockingbird' discuss the significance of the title.

The title of Harper Lee novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird' is significant to the novel as it portrays different forms of mockingbirds throughout the story from a young innocent girl's perspective in the 1930s.

The significance of the title becomes more obvious to the reader when Scout overheard Atticus cautioning Jem one day "remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" which clarified why Atticus would rather shoot 'tin cans' than 'birds'. Miss Maudie gave a further explanation to why its' a sin to kill a mockingbird "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy". What Mockingbirds symbolize is innocence because all it does is nothing harmful 'but sing their hearts out for us.' Later the children develops a better understanding of the world and society, realizing the coexistence of good and evil and ignorance pose to the innocent, the hatred as well as prejudice.

As a result, this destroyed the faith and innocence within the children.

The children have learnt a vulnerable lesson from Mrs. Dubose case. Mrs. Dubose whom appears to be vicious by the things she says about Atticus "no better than the niggers and trash he works for!" Even so Atticus did nothing but admires her because he knows that there is a reason upon her action. It's not after she dies that Jem and Scout sense what is going on all the time. Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addict who had vowed to withdraw from morphine before she dies and by being rude to others is her way of releasing her stress. Therefore instead of deeming a person's quality, Atticus tells the children" it's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see...