Is Elizabeth Keen the ‘Mockingbird’ of The Blacklist?
In The Pavlovich
Brother’s, when Tom finds out his cover has been blown and he calls Berlin’s
people he says, “Mockingbird knows. Requesting immediate evac. She knows.” Is
there a deeper meaning to this code-name Liz has?
To Kill a Mockingbird
is one of my all-time favorite novels and I really was drawing some parallels
in the symbolism.
A mockingbird symbolizes innocence and their sole purpose is
to provide others with joy and happiness, while it may cause destruction, its
intentions are pure and they are just protecting. And lastly, it’s a sin to
kill a mockingbird.
Liz is innocent, and still has innocence within her no
matter how corrupt the people in her life have made her. Sure she causes them
pain and suffering, but she’s the one person who brings them joy (especially
Red, Ressler, and Tom). No matter what she’s done, she’s innocent because she has
a sin-eater. Because it is a sin to kill a mockingbird that would foreshadow
that if Liz were to ever be killed by anyone in the show, like the Cabal, then
it would be a terrible thing and none of the other characters could continue to
On this day in 1960, the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee was published by J.B Lippincott & Co. The novel tells the story of the trial of a young African-American man in Alabama in the 1930s, and is told from the perspective of the daughter of the defendant’s lawyer, Scout Finch. Lee was partly inspired by events she recalled from her own childhood growing up in Alabama in the days of Jim Crow segregation. 'To Kill a Mockingbird’ was released during a turbulent time for American race relations, as the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement was beginning to get underway with sit-ins and Freedom Rides in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education (1954). The novel was originally going to be called 'Atticus’ for Scout’s father and the moral centre of the story, but was renamed for one of Atticus’s iconic lines. The novel was an immediate success, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. In 1962 it was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck and featuring the film debut of Robert Duvall as the elusive Boo Radley. Harper Lee never published another novel and remains reclusive from the press, though she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. The influence of 'To Kill a Mockingbird’ has never faded in the 54 years since its release, and is a favourite of many for its warmth and humour while tackling some of the most troubling issues of its day.
“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
When I was fifteen
I read about Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson
I read about the injustices of the thirties
Of a country’s blindness to its spewing hatred
Of dying people, poisoned by their own words and actions
And anger raged inside of me as a man paid for a crime he did not commit.
The summer after I turned sixteen,
I read about the ultimate sin,
As photos of a slain mockingbird circulated through the media
Heart pierced, wings clipped, voice silenced
Much before he had his first chance to sing.
Michael Brown was 18 years old
His hands up
Reaching for God
Begging for mercy
As the crafted bullets of a system
Built to oppress him
Ripped through his body.
It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because
They pose no threat.
They are the innocent,
Not to blame for the beauty they are born with,
Just like Michael was not to blame for the color of his skin.
And so today I stand here
As an informant to the privileged.
This is ALL ABOUT RACE.
This is black people
Marching through the streets of this country
Rattling the walls of your palaces
Their voices echoing through the cities
But fighting with peace.
This is for Michael Brown.
This is for Tamir Rice.
This is for Renisha McBride.
This is for Treyvon Martin.
This is for Tarika Wilson.
This is for the black 8 year old
Telling her daddy not to wear a hood
Because she wants him to live.
This is for the black 10 year old
Walking the streets of Ferguson with a sign reading
“Am I next?”
This is for the silent
And the oppressed.
And the thing about a movement
Is that it cannot be confined
This is me at almost 17
I am not black.
But I will join the millions
Of black, brown, white and angry faces
As we storm through a country
Built from the red of our blood
The blue of our bruises
And the white of our silence.
This is past Ferguson.
This is Hong Kong with their hands up,
This is Brazil with banners flowing in a breeze
This is Palestine with posters high above their heads
This is solidarity.
Of the people, by the people, for the people
Well the people are DONE with your promises
Of a better tomorrow.
We do not want your selective tomorrow,
We want a better FOREVER.
We want to walk down the streets
Without fear in our hearts
And final words already in mind.
Six bullets are not self defense
They are an execution.
Do not sit idly by
And watch as Lady Liberty
Steps on the corpses of the innocent.
Do not stay quiet
As death sentences are handed out
And America’s justice becomes selective.
Do not take part in the DEHUMANIZATION of black bodies.
Do not assume someone is a thug or a gangster or DANGEROUS
Because of the color of their skin.
Do not support a system
That will murder mockingbirds
You will be as much of a sinner as they are.
Friendly reminder that it's "To Kill a Mockingbird", there's no "How". "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t 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." (sorry, it's one of my all-time favorite books, and as a Ravenclaw, that's saying a lot!)
Oh god I didn’t proof read the submission properly I’m so sorry