Friday, May 24, 2013

to kill a mockingbird essay


To Kill A Mockingbird
     Would you ever hurt someone who never hurt you? A fragile thing that doesn't  do anything, like a mockingbird. In the Book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it describes how killing a mockingbird is a sin, but what does that mean exactly? Does the Mockingbird represent something more than just a bird?
     In chapter ten, page 119. Atticus tells Jem that if he goes after birds with the air-rifles, to shoot all the bluejays but, that he should remember not to kill a mockingbird because its a sin. They didn't know what he meant by that so they asked Miss Maudie and she said "your fathers right, Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's  why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"(119).  
          A person who can represent a mockingbird is Tom Robinson. He is accused of raping a white women even though he didn't really do it. He represents a mockingbird because he is fragile because of his skin color, he was just minding his own business when suddenly he is accused, when suddenly they tried to kill a mockingbird (metaphorically). In a way they did kill this specific mockingbird because,  "I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: ''Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty,,,'' I peeked at Jem, and his shoulders jerked as if each 'guilty' was a separate stab between them."(282). They killed the mockingbird, Tom Robinson, he was too fragile and he never hurt anyone.
     killing a Mockingbird doesn't represent just a bird. It represent certain people in the book. The people that are like mockingbirds they don't do anything bad but get involved in some situations. An example of people in the book that are like mockingbirds is Jem and Scout. In chapter twenty-eight, Scout is in a school play, she plays a ham. On her way home with Jem they get attacked by Bob Ewell. Jem and Scout represent a Mockingbird in this specific point in the book because like a mockingbird they were just walking home minding their own business, not hurting or bothering anyone, when Bob Ewell tried to kill them. "We were nearly to the road when i felt Jem's hand leave me, felt him jerk backwards to the ground. More scuffling, and there came a dull crunching sound and Jem screamed."(351). At the end someone saves them and Bob Ewell died, he should've known better than to try to kill a mockingbird.  
   Why, kill a mockingbird? They are fragile and don't hurt anything or anyone. All they do is mind their own business yet, people try to attack them and kill them. Some of them succeed and some of them don't. They should know Killing a mockingbird is a sin, that's how it's described in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. That can mean different thing, it all depends on you and how you interpret the reading, it can mean consequences or it can even mean feeling bad about what you've done and it can even make you think if you have ever tried to kill a mockingbird!

10 comments:

  1. 1. Your essay starts very deep. The thesis is that many people are fragile and you should not get stuck on the outside.

    2. I think that the example using Tom Robinson is the best. I think this because he is the main problem in the story so it makes sense to point out the fact that he's as fragile and innocent as a mockingbird.

    3. This essay has good word choice and I like the fact that you used a real life situation to get us involved in whats really going on.

    4. You should go back and check punctuation and capitalization. Other than that tres bien !

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  2. The theme of this essay is that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. It is a sin to kill them because they mind their own business and don;t cause any harm to anyone or anything.

    The best example in my opinion is the last one, where jem and scout were walking and Bob Ewell decides to be rude and try to kill them. It does show how Scout and Jem are like mockingbirds and they were minding their own business.

    This essay's strength is the examples because they explained your thesis really well and you provided a lot of details to support your quotes.

    I think this essay was good.Maybe some improvements could be to not repeating phrases and some capitalization. Good job;)

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  3. 1. I love the way she started her essay. It was very descriptive.
    2. One of the three examples that I liked was the second one because it's messed up how people judge other people by what color they are. Plus it was very descriptive.
    3. The one thing that this essay does well was basically all of it because I loved the way she organized everything and how she wrote her introduction.
    4. Nothing on this essay needs some improvement because she did a really good job describing things and how well they fit in with each other. I loved all of it!!!

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  4. 1. The theme of this essay is that it frowned upon to kill a mockingbird. It is frowned upon to kill them because they mind their own business and don't cause any harm to anyone or anything.
    2. I liked was the second one because it's messed up how people judge other people by what color they are.
    3. This essay has good word choice and I like the fact that you used a real life situation to get us involved in whats really going on.\
    4. everything was good, you dont need to change anything

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  5. 1. The essay begins asking if you would ever hurt someone who never hurt you.
    2."We were nearly to the road when i felt Jem's hand leave me, felt him jerk backwards to the ground. More scuffling, and there came a dull crunching sound and Jem screamed." I really liked this quote.
    3. I thought the word choice and writing style you had was really good.
    4. Your essay was really good all that needs to be fixed is some misspelled words.

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  6. 1. The essay begins talking about how killing a mockingbird is a sin. It also asks would you hurt someone who didn't hurt you.
    2. "your fathers right, Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"(119) was my favorite. it's my favorite because it talks about why killing mockingbirds is a sin.
    3. The essay was very well organized, and i could follow along with the essay.
    4. something to improve is capitalization in the beginning of sentences.

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  7. 1. I like your introduction it was good and short to get me into the essay.
    2. i really liked your last example that you had from the book.
    3. one thing i really like about the essay is that you did a really good job spreading everything out in the essay.
    4. i think you might want to look in the middle section of the essay because i think you could do a little better with the quotes.

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  8. 1. your introduction talked about how killing a mockingbird is a sin.
    2. i really liked your example using tom robinson because it shows how he is as fragile as a mockingbird and innocent too
    3. your essay is very organized and easy to follow
    4. you might want to check spelling

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