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Remember children, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird
When Scout and Jem are given a gun as a present from Uncle Jack, Atticus makes the rules very clear: they are allowed to shoot all the bluejays they want, but never a mockingbird. This is because mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy, so it is not right to kill them.
When Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, he can be compared to a mockingbird. Solely due to the colour of his skin he is convicted of committing a crime, when he is truly innocent. Like a mockingbird, he is powerless and his word doesn't stand a chance against the Ewells.
From Tom Robinson's trial Scout learns that not everyone in Maycomb has good morals like her family. She also learns the importance of standing up for "mockingbirds" and giving them a voice in the face of adversity.
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