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who are mocking birds and why


dylan s #60599
May 29, 2008 8:55 PM

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who are mocking birds and why

help i need to know who are mocking birds and why are they,also is dill one

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janey c #60606
May 30, 2008 12:56 AM

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Boo"Radley is one of the "mockingbirds", a good and innocent person injured by the evil of mankind.  He was intelligent child that was emotionally abused by his cruel father.  His emotional damage makes him reclusive, but he saves the children at the end.  He's an example of the threat that evil presents to innocence.

coco s #17435
May 30, 2008 9:28 AM

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Yes, Charles Baker Harris is a mockingbird.  He is an intelligent boy with a big imagination.  He just wants love and attention.  The fact that his nickname is Dill--a weed--says something about his parents' view of the boy.  They give him toys but don't want to spend time with him; instead they send him to relatives.
And this is a subject of gossip about Dill: Francis tells Scout that "Grandma says he hasn't got a home...."  Alexandra has been gossiping about this poor boy.

hong w #61031
Jun 09, 2008 12:26 PM

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Tom Robinson is also a mockingbird.
-did not rape Mayella, but he was still convicted because he was a black.
-a white man's word is stronger than a black's.
-used as a scapegoat for Bob Ewell doings on Mayella (ie the bruises)
-treated with hostility in court although he was polite (because he is a black)

eggy k #63259
Sep 03, 2008 2:05 AM

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Scott and Jem are "mockingbirds".
During the trail, this two kids have witness so much injustice from the society. They become to understand the negative side so that they are not so-called  "innocent" at all.

coco s #17435
Sep 04, 2008 10:45 AM

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Scout and Jem are also mockingbirds when people stare at them for being Atticus Finch's children. 

Helen is a mockingbird "shot at" by Bob Ewell when he follows her to work.  I LOVE the scene in which Link Deas chases Bob off by saying he'll need fresh paint for his fence and he'll get Bob on the Ladis' Law.

Mrs. Dubose is a mockingbird "shot at" by the children who spread rumors that she keeps a Confederate pistol under her shawl.

Mr. Link Deas sort of makes himself into a mockingbird (or avoids it--??) by pretending to be drunk.  People could never tolerate his choosing to marry a Negro woman, so he gives them a "reason."  Contrast this with Atticus, who chooses to defend a Negro man without offering any "excuse."  Atticus then becomes a mockingbird, "shot at" by community members who gossip about him, Mayella who is so awful on the stand, and Bob who attacks his children.

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