I. Introductory Paragraph
a. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, she derives the title from one the most important yet lest noticed themes of the novel.
b. Throughout the novel a mockingbird is used to symbolize harmlessness and innocence which is present the most through the actions of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.
II. Body Paragraph One
a. One of the main and most important themes of the novel is the innocence and helpfulness of the mockingbirds.
b. "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. "Your father's right," she said. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (119)
c. The idea of the mockingbird is a metaphor for the pureness and innocence of people who have
III. Body Paragraph Two
a. Boo Radley is shown to be a major mockingbird throughout the whole story.
b. “…Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it…Thank you for my children, Arthur, he said”. (370)
c. When Scout is saying that she is saying that all Boo has done for them is be nice and kind towards them.
IV. Body Paragraph Three
a. Another of the main mockingbirds in the novel is Tom Robinson.
b. “He linked Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children” (323).
c. When Mr. Underwood writes that in his paper he is helping to point out that Tom is one of the mockingbirds.
V. Restatement of Thesis
a. Throughout the novel a mockingbird is used to symbolize harmlessness and innocence which is present the most through the actions of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.