In To Kill A Mockingbird what are some quotes portraying a character as a mockingbird in chapters 7-11?

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In Chapter 8, while Miss Maudie's house is on fire, Boo Radley puts a blanket on Scout's shoulders because it is so cold outside. Scout was so mesmerized by the fire that she didn't even notice it was him. Atticus tells her: 

“Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.” 

Recall that Miss Maudie, in Chapter 10, says that a mockingbird causes no harm and only makes music for others to enjoy. Therefore, a character who is comparable to a mockingbird is one who doesn't harm anyone and only tries to help others. Boo does this with the blanket. 

Miss Maudie is also a mockingbird character. She is always helpful and understanding with the children. Even at this moment in Chapter 8, while her house is burning, she is thinking of others. Scout marvels at her generosity. 

Miss Maudie puzzled me. With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem’s and my affairs. 

The mockingbird character tends to be associated with being helpful, harmless, and also powerless. This is why Boo and Tom Robinson are the main mockingbirds in the novel. However, if we just focus on being helpful and harmless, Atticus fits the description. In Chapter 11, he describes his perspective on people in general, beyond racial or social labels. He says, "I do my best to love everybody . . ." 

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In chapter 8, the Scout and Jem are awaken to find Mrs. Maudie's house on fire. In the commotion of the incident, the children are standing in front of Boo Radley's house as the neighbors work to put out the fire. Once the fire is out and the children are back home with their father, Atticus ask Scout where she got a blanket from, considering the fact that she and Jem were told not to move from in front of the Radley house. Atticus states " Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up." "Thank who?" I asked. "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket on you."

This incident with Boo Radley offering Scout a blanket in the cold symbolizes the mockingbird because he represents the good in people. He represents the idea that regardless of what people go through and the ugliness that they may have witness, that there is still good inside of them. We see the purity of his heart through this gesture.

Further in chapter 8, Miss Maudie becomes representative of the mockingbird. This is evident in the following passage. 

Miss Maudie puzzled me. With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem’s and my affairs.

Again we witness the kindness and purity of those that are going through rough times. Miss Maudie has just lost her home and all of her worldly possessions, but she is still able to show concern for others by taking an interest in what Jem and Scout are doing.

Both of these passages are representative of the symbolic mockingbird in Chapters 7-11.

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