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To Kill a Mocking Bird: Is A Sin

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“It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” Symbols, Themes, and Motifs in To Kill a Mockingbird
“They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Miss Maudie).   In the movie To Kill a Mockingbird directed by Robert Mulligan, killing a mockingbird is a symbol of destruction of innocence. There are many “mockingbirds” in the story, which takes place in a town called Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s.   There are also many reoccurring themes and motifs throughout the movie that bring the story together as a whole.
Robert Mulligan was the director of the film To Kill a Mockingbird and he got nominated for an academy award for best director.   “To Kill a Mockingbird” was Mr. Mulligan’s second film in association with the producer and director Alan J. Pakula.   Mr. Mulligan’s other notable films include “Summer of ‘42”(1971), about an affair between a youth and an older woman; “Up the Down Staircase” (1967), from Bel Kaufman’s novel about a New York City schoolteacher; and “Inside Daisy Clover”(1965), from Gavin Lambert’s novel about the out-of-control life of a young film star. His last film was “The Man in the Moon” (1991), set in 1950s Louisiana.
Scout lives with her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus.   They live in Maycomb and Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression.   Atticus is a lawyer and his family is more wealthy than most of the town. One summer, Jem and Scout become friends with a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer. Eventually, Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place. There have been many stories told about the Radley house that interest Jem, Scout and Dill which cause them to get more curious about what Boo actually looks like.   Jem and Scout find gifts left by Boo inside a knot hole in a tree by their house, but Boo’s father patches up the hole in the tree. Maycomb is a racist white community; Atticus agrees...


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