Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Critical Thinking Question 2 (by Scout/Jean Louise Finch)

Why is it a sin to kill a mockingbird?

It was the only time that Atticus had said something was a sin, and I do remember him saying that killing a mockingbird was a sin.(though it's not in the bible.) When he said that it was a sin to kill a mockingbird,  how was i s'posed to know what he meant. Atticus is sometimes like that: talking all lawyer like so that I can't understand him.
Anyhow, then I went over to Miss Maudie's and asked her about what Atticus meant. She told me that it was'cause the mockingbird  never does anything but sing. He never ruins the garden or nests in corncribs, he just makes music and lets us listen to him while he sings.

I wish somebody'd want to listen to me singing pretty like that. They would say it would be a sin to kill me, but I s'pose it would be sin enough to kill me anyway...without me having to sing. I  guess I can see as how it might be a sin to kill something that hadn't ever done any harm but to sing...and they do sing aweful beautiful. Ha, if I told that to Dill, he would tell me that his momma sang beautiful just like a mocking bird for the opera. Dill sure is full of em', big whoppers they are too!

Well, Atticus was right again. I guess that it is a sin to kill a mocking bird, after all.


  1. What a great piece. I can't wait to read more!

  2. Very interesting analysis and a great book to be reading. Looking forward to see what else you got. (I love to dance too)


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