To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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How many times are the words "mockingbird/songbird" mentioned in To Kill a Mockingbird (chapters and page #s would be appreciated)?

There are total of seven mentions of a mockingbird in To Kill A Mockingbird. Four are in chapter 10, one is in chapter 21, and one is in chapter 30. In chapter 28, there is a reference to a "mocker," meaning a mockingbird. In chapter 25, there is a reference to a songbird.

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As the title of the novel indicates, the mockingbird is an important symbol. It represents innocent creatures, including humans, who sing beautiful songs (or do good deeds) and harm no one. Atticus says it is a sin to kill such creatures in chapter 10. Miss Maudie further explains this concept in the same chapter.

Atticus is speaking literally in his first mention of the mockingbird. He does not want Jem or Scout to carelessly kill one of these harmless birds with their air guns. But as the novel goes on, mockingbirds become more explicitly associated with innocent humans, particularly Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.

Robinson is an innocent man who is wrongly convicted of a rape. Further, he is clearly a man who was trying to help the woman who accused him, Mayella Ewell. He is like the innocent songbird—in fact, in a newspaper editorial in chapter 25, Mr. Underwood likens Robinson to a songbird when he mourns his death. Even the name Robinson contains the idea of a bird in the word "robin." In

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