To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird book cover
Start Your Free Trial

"Mockingbirds" that are "killed" How can Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson be seen as a "mockingbird" that is "killed"?

Expert Answers info

Bruce Bergman eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Professor


calendarEducator since 2011

write3,640 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

If a mockingbird is a figure that does no harm to anyone, then we can define each of these characters as innocent victims of a small society, condemned popularly yet guilty of nothing. Mockingbirds also bring goodness into people's lives, according to Atticus

Each of these characters brings something to his community. Tom helps Mayella with her chores. Boo saves Jem and Scout in the end. Atticus provides a model of upstanding moral behavior.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write15,967 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Tom Robinson actually is killed.  He is shot trying to get over the fence after losing his trial.  Boo Radley is symbolically murdered.  He's a figurative ghost, because he is forced to remain in his house hidden away from the world.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

mwestwood, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

bookM.A. from The University of Alabama


calendarEducator since 2006

write16,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In some...

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 351 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

bullgatortail eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write7,077 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial