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The Importance of the Title of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The name of the novel is 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and during the book the word mockingbird looks several times. The mockingbird is the most critical symbol in the novel. The theme of the narrative is that the innocent monster of the mockingbird. What is a mockingbird? A mockingbird is a type of finch. It is a tiny plain bird and contains a beautiful song. It got its name because of its beautiful sing 'mocks' additional birds. The mockingbird idea first comes around in chapter 10,when Atticus is telling the kids how to use their shotguns. He informs them : "Take all the blue jays you want, if you're able to hit 'em. But remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." It was quite uncommon for Atticus to state something like this, as he never tells Scout or Jem that anything is a 'sin'. This makes Scout somewhat surprised and Miss Maudie explains that it's because mockingbirds are neither dangerous nor harmful and just make nice music for people to enjoy. Here is what she said: "Mockingbirds do not do one thing but make music for us to love. They do not eat up peoples gardens, do not nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." In chapter 10, Tim Johnson the rabid dog is walking up the street and all the people of Maycomb are waiting for him to look, awaiting what is going to happen. The mockingbird notion comes up when it states: 'The trees were still, the mockingbirds were silent, the carpenters in Miss Maudie's house had disappeared' I believe the mockingbirds in this situation a.. .