What is the significance of the theme "it is a sin to kill a mockingbird?" ONLY FROM CHAPTER 31 EXAMPLES. about the Stoners' boys.I need the explanation to be long and thought out!...

What is the significance of the theme "it is a sin to kill a mockingbird?"

ONLY FROM CHAPTER 31 EXAMPLES. about the Stoners' boys.I need the explanation to be long and thought out! Thank you!

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dbrooks22 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The end of chapter 31 refers to the novel The Gray Ghost  by Seckatary Hawkins. Atticus is reading aloud to Scout while they sit by Jem’s bedside. Scout drifts off, but upon awakening she recalls parts of the story.

‘s about a ship an’ Three-Fingered Fred ‘n’ Stoner’s Boy…Yeah, an’ they all thought it was Stoner’s Boy messin’ up their clubhouse an’ throwin’ ink all over it an’…An’ they chased him ‘n’ never could catch him ‘cause they didn’t know what he looked like, an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice…

This ties in with the theme that runs through the entire book. Prejudices are hard to break, but once a person allows himself to “climb into [the other person’s] skin and walk around in it”, he is able to see that person more clearly. Atticus tells Scout, “Most people are [nice]...when you finally see them” (Lee). A person has to be willing to lay judgments aside, but until this happens innocent people will probably still be accused of actions based on the stereotypes placed on them because it is easier for a person to be ignorant and judgmental than it is to admit that he has been wrong about his assumptions of a person.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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