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Symbolism in To Kill A Mockingbird

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Introduction

This novel uses many different methods of symbolism to convey the story to the reader. Only a person who truly understands the symbolism can enjoy the novel on a level that Harper Lee would want it to be. The mocking bird is used many times as a symbolic animal. Atticus tells his children that it is a sin to kill a mocking bird. Miss Maudie explains this point further by telling the children that "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. ...read more.

Middle

Boo is constantly getting blamed for things that he had not done, and is feared for that reason much like the main character in that novel. Also nobody has ever seen the Grey Ghost just like nobody has ever actually seen Boo. Even the main character's nickname holds symbolism. Jean Louis Finch has a nickname of Scout, a scout is a position in the army, they are usually the people who go out and search for intelligence, but they are also prepared to fight when ready. This represents Jean Finch perfectly; she is a very smart person, always looking for new knowledge. But when she feels it is necessary she can fight for what she believes is right, just as a military scout would. ...read more.

Conclusion

If Atticus would have done anything but try his best he would not have received the standing ovation. This novel is riddled with symbolism and when it is truly understood it makes for a very interesting novel. What if I was White Blond hair, blue eyes The whole shibang I know one thing Police wouldn't always be watching me Pull me over for nothing, constantly jockin me (Can I get your autograph?) Yellow cabs in the cities that stop for me I wouldn't need collateral to buy property If I was white Wouldn't matter if I was rich or poor SECURITY wouldn't follow me around the store Like I'd steal something Because I'm black I rob And automatically assume I ain't got no job On my own land I feel like an immigrant If I was white I wouldn't thought O.J. was innocent -Eminem ...read more.

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