Criticism of the novel’s tendency to sermonize has been matched by praise of its insight and stylistic effectiveness.
One character from the novel, Charles Baker (“Dill”) Harris, is based on Truman Capote, Lee’s childhood friend and next-door neighbour in Monroeville, Alabama.
Underwood compares his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds,” and at the end of the book Scout thinks that hurting Boo Radley would be like “shootin’ a mockingbird.” Most important, Miss Maudie explains to Scout: “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but . At the beginning of the book, Boo is merely a source of childhood superstition.
As he leaves Jem and Scout presents and mends Jem’s pants, he gradually becomes increasingly and intriguingly real to them.
Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds—innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That Jem and Scout’s last name is Finch (another type of small bird) indicates that they are particularly vulnerable in the racist world of Maycomb, which often treats the fragile innocence of childhood harshly.
This connection between the novel’s title and its main theme is made explicit several times in the novel: after Tom Robinson is shot, Mr. As the novel progresses, the children’s changing attitude toward Boo Radley is an important measurement of their development from innocence toward a grown-up moral perspective.A character compares his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds.” The children, meanwhile, play out their own miniaturized drama of prejudice and superstition as they become interested in Arthur (“Boo”) Radley, a reclusive neighbour who is a local legend.They have their own ideas about him and cannot resist the allure of trespassing on the Radley property.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! Enormously popular, it was translated into some 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. The novel was praised for its sensitive treatment of a child’s awakening to racism and prejudice in the American South.takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression.Lee reportedly based the character of Atticus Finch on her father, Amasa Coleman Lee, a compassionate and dedicated lawyer.The plot of was inspired in part by his unsuccessful youthful defense of two African American men convicted of murder.That's why it's a sin to kill a mocking bird." Atticus lets Jem shoot birds except for Mockingbirds.The title refers to innocent people like Tom Robinson and Boo Radley who, like the mockingbird, only wish to bring a little happiness into a harsh world.After the phenomenal success that followed the publication of Gregory Peck as Atticus.His Academy Award-winning performance became an enduring part of cinema history.