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“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”(Atticus Finch). Mockingbirds are an important symbol in To Kill a Mockingbird because they represent innocence. Killing a mockingbird is considered a sin because they are pure and do not hurt anyone. In the book, there are many people who represent mockingbirds that are killed. The two main mockingbirds in the story are Tom Robinson and Arthur Radley because they are both killed by the hate and prejudice in Maycomb. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”(Maudie Atkinson). Tom helped Mayella Ewell around the house out of the goodness of his heart and because he felt like she had nobody else to help her. He got nothing out of it, but Mayella used his kindness against him. Tom was charged with rape, and he lost because he is a black man going up against white people. The people of Maycomb killed him with their prejudice and hate. Tom was later killed by the guards in the prison he was in. Tom is a mockingbird because he was innocent and the people around him destroyed him with their hate.    “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (Scout). Arthur Radley is a shy, secluded man who never really did any harm. He was ridiculed by the people in Maycomb because he did not fit in with the rest of their society. The town also “killed” him with it’s prejudice. Even though he is made fun of by the people in Maycomb, Arthur shows care to Jem and Scout by sewing Jem’s ripped pants, protecting Scout from the cold, and saving the kids from Bob Ewell. If Heck Tate convicted Arthur for killing Bob, it would do no good. Arthur would prefer to be away from the society of Maycomb, but bringing him to court would cause him to be in the spotlight. Scout says it would be like shooting a mockingbird because taking Arthur to court will only hurt him. Mockingbirds are innocent by nature. Tom and Arthur are mockingbirds because of the same trait, but they were both victims of Maycomb’s hate and prejudice. All they ever did was help people, but they were still mocked by the people in Maycomb. Mockingbirds are an important symbol in To Kill a Mockingbird because they emphasize that people should not hurt other people just because of their own view of them because it is a sin to kill innocence.           

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