To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" how do Jem and Scout walking home from the pagaent make them represent a mockingbird? I'm having trouble identifying who are the mockingbirds and why.

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If Miss Maudie's explanation of why it is a "sin to kill a mockingbird" is considered, then it seems a valid conclusion to compare Scout and Jem to mockingbirds. The mockingbird is a symbol for innocence as shared by Miss Maudie when she says, "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy." As Scout and Jem walk home after the school pageant, they are vulnerable. Bob Ewell takes advantage of their vulnerability by attacking them. His reasons for doing so are based on revenge in response to Atticus exposing Bob's lies during Tom Robinson's trial.

In chapter 3 , using Burris Ewell as an example, Scout attempts to negotiate her attendance at school with Atticus. Atticus points out that there are certain rules that don't apply to the Ewells. Along with violating rules on school attendance, the Ewells are also forgiven for hunting out of season. When Scout expresses her disapproval, Atticus says, "Are you going to take out your disapproval on his children?" This is exactly what...

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