explain why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, according to miss maudie

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Miss Maudie says that mockingbirds "don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us." This comment reinforces the theme that it is wrong to harm those who don't do anything but try to help others. We see this clearly when Tom Robinson is put on trial because he tried to help Mayella Ewell. He came into the yard because she asked him to help and wound up unfairly accused of hurting her. Miss Maudie wanted the children to know that it is wrong to hurt a helpless animal that seeks to please us. unfortunately, most of the town does not believe this ideal applies to all people as well as animals. Thus, the theme of injustice is closely tied with the previous theme.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

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