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What does the mockingbird in "To Kill A Mockingbird," ultimately symbolize? Discuss chapter ten and chapter thirty.

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The mocking bird represents the innocent. Two who are like the mockingbird are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Both have not set out to harm anyone. Boo tries to please the children by leaving small gifts, while Tom attempts to help Mayella and ends up in court for his efforts.

The theme is especially strong in both chapters ten and thirty. In chapter ten, after the children are presented with air rifles, the are cautioned against shooting mocking birds. As Miss Maudie explains, the "don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy". Atticus further states they are not harmful to...

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