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Killing mockingbirds

I don’t know why anyone would want to kill a mockingbird. They seem terribly nice, particularly the Blue & White type here. A little raucous perhaps, but there are more disturbing avian varieties. It’s been a long time since I read the book and I can’t remember why it had such a title. Can anyone advise?


  Dr Grouse wrote @ June 8th, 2007 at 9:38 am

I never finished that book. I didn’t like it much. This will cause a host of responses from outraged bookies, but I simply had better things to do with my time rather than read it.

  Keir Beer wrote @ June 8th, 2007 at 9:59 am

I actually quite liked it. Please correct me if I am wrong as I am no genius but I think the title is to do with the fact that you should not kill them cause they do no harm (a reference to the simpler/nicer characters in the book). Actually - having just looked it up - it is Aticus who gives a gun to the boys and says you can kill as many Jays as you want but never kill mockingbirds (I think I may have paraphrased)

Compared to Doc G I obviously had nothing better to do with my time - thus I cannot tell the difference between a Jay and a mockingbird and would just shoot both!

  Lachlan wrote @ June 13th, 2007 at 2:37 am

Mockingbirds (in the US) are grey and take the piss out of you. Jay are pink, grey, blue, white, brown and pretty much any colour you can think of. Think there’s a black jay somewhere too. There was something about not killing them because all they did was make pretty songs and didn’t do any harm. To be pedantic Atticus had one son who’s name I forget, the other kid was called Scout but was actually a girl.

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