What can the reader infer about Lee's use of ". . .the senseless slaughter of songbirds. . ." in Underwood's editorial?in to kill a mockingbird

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this but I'll give it a try...

I would infer from this that she is trying to explicitly connect the death of Tom Robinson to the major theme of the novel (the one reflected in the title).  She is trying to say that what has happened with Tom is like killing something that is totally defenseless and inoffensive.  She is trying to say that the whole Tom Robinson trial was a brutal offense against a person who really did not do anything wrong.  By saying this, she directly makes a connection between Tom and the idea that it is wrong to kill "mockingbirds."


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