Why is it a sin to kill a mockingbird?
But just Why is it a sin to kill a mockingbird?
If you’ve read “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, you are probably familiar with the fact that killing a mockingbird is considered a sin. Sure, while we can agree that it might not be the nicest thing to do, why would it be a sin? Scout, the character from the book, was curious about the answer to this question.
Well, the story is one where evil destroys innocence – and it is the mockingbird that represents said innocence. This is what Atticus told Scout when she asked. As a result, if you were to kill a mockingbird, you would actually be destroying innocence itself.
When Scout heard what Atticus said, she was left thinking – and then she went to Ask Miss Maddie about it. Miss Maddie confirmed what Atticus said. All mockingbirds do is make music so that we may enjoy it. They sing their hearts out to us, which is why killing them would be a sin.
They also don’t damage people’s gardens or do anything to interfere in any way. They are innocent creatures that only try to fit, to belong. While killing vermin may not be a sin, killing a bird that does nothing to you may be seen as a sin.
There may be another theory here – once more revolving around innocence. Mockingbirds don’t have their own songs. Instead, they imitate other sounds that they hear. As a result, they cannot be killed simply because they repeat what they hear.
In a way, mockingbirds are like children. They imitate things without having a full understanding of them. Just like it would be wrong to kill a child simply because they repeated what they heard, it would also be a sin to kill a mockingbird that did the same thing.