The use of the Mockingbird as a symbol in "To Kill A Mockingbird"

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"Thomas Jefferson once said that all me are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us"(Lee 226).

"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 99). The blue jay is a common bird, known as bad bird. Their voice is very loud, territorial and aggressive. They are considered as the bullies of the bird world whereas the mockingbird does nothing else except mocking other birds' sounds and make beautiful music for people to hear. It does not disturb or harm any people around it. Lee Harper metaphorically use the symbol of mockingbird to develop the theme of discrimination and prejudice in the novel of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Arthur Radley or Boo Radley is a mockingbird figure in this novel. He never did something wrong towards the people, but he only not going out from his house.

In the novel, Jem, Scout and Dill never meet with Boo, but they have lots of imagination about Boo's appearance. They make all the assumptions based on the stories told by Miss Stephanie Crawford, their neighbour and potentially reliable source. The children believe that anything that comes from the Radley's soil is poisoned, including the nuts and fruits on the trees(quote). Jem yells at Scout

once saying about the Radley property: 'Don't you know you're not supposed to even touch the house over there? You'll get killed if you do.';

They do not understand Boo yet, so they make Boo's house is threatening. They also believe the story about Boo's attacks on his father is true without asking the person who may know about the story like Mr Heck Tate. When Jem, Scout...