The title To Kill a Mockingbird refers to Atticus's dictum in chapter 10 which states:
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (90).
The theme revolving around the fact that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird refers to injustices placed on less fortunate or less powerful people at the hands of those who are more powerful. Another way of wording the theme might be that it isn't right to take advantage of other people simply because they are incapable of defending themselves. In chapter 25, the first unfortunate soul is a roly-poly. Scout finds one on the back porch and is about to kill it when Jem tells her not to do it. Jem's reaction is a direct result of witnessing how the town and Mr. Gilmer treated Tom Robinson before, during, and after the trial. Now, Jem sees anything innocent as a victim in need of defending. Scout thinks to herself the following:
"Jem was scowling. It was probably a...
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