To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I need a different title for To Kill a Mockingbird and explain why it's appropriate. Help?! I need a different title for To Kill a Mockingbird and explain why it's appropriate. Help?!

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The book could be called, "Those Who Need Protection". 

One theme of the novel, related to the symbol of mockinbirds, is related to the idea that not everyone is capable of protecting themselves in the ways they need most to be protected. This is true of Atticus, Scout, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.

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There are so very many I adore from the above responses, but I thought I would relate this to a recent, fun, and similar discussion question that read "Creatively rename the title of a classic work of literature."  http://www.enotes.com/lit/discuss/creatively-rename-title-classic-work-literatu-94015 My submission for To Kill a Mockingbird (which ironically was the only one I submitted that wasn't humorous) was To Kill a Mockingbird:  Post-War Southern Racism through a Child's Eyes. Why?  Because that is exactly what this most excellent novel is about.  Thanks, Scout, for giving us a new way to look at things!

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I would call it The Ballad of Atticus Finch for the story's heroic main character and the sacrifice he endured on behalf of justice. Another cool title that I would give To Kill a Mockingbird would be Against All Odds because this is literally what Atticus was doing: Going against everything and anything that has come his way in order to ensure that Tom Robinson receives his due justice.

However, I agree with the previous post in that definitely To Kill a Mockingbird is a perfect title for the novel. It just demonstrates the depth of thought and feeling that Harper Lee infused in her work.

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There have been some good suggestions already. I would consider something like 'Arthur's Story', as we are given a perspective on prejudice through the emergence of  Arthur 'Boo' Radley.  You could also consider 'Finch's Progress', in a similar vein to 'Pilgrim's Progress'. The Finch family learn much in the course of the novel.

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Yes. Sounds like...

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