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Symbols In To Kill A Mockingbird

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This essay is about the some of the several themes found in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The three symbols that will be talked about are, how the tree by the Radley house symbolizes Boo Radley’s kindness and longing for friendship. How Tim Johnson symbolizes Atticus’ fight against racism. And, how mockingbirds symbolize peace and innocence. First off, how does the tree by the Radley house symbolize Boo Radley’s kindness and longing for friendship? Kindness and longing for friendship are shown when Boo puts the items in the tree for Scout and Jem to find. Scout and Jem are very curious and cautious at first of what they find, but later they start taking anything in it without hesitation, this might show their slow trust for …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the essay is about the themes found in the book, to kill a mockingbird by harper lee.
  • Analyzes how boo radley's kindness and longing for friendship are shown when he puts the items in the tree for scout and jem to find.
  • Analyzes how tim johnson symbolizes atticus' fight against racism by showing maycomb's degradation and how they slowly go mad.
  • Analyzes how mockingbirds symbolize peace and innocence, since they don't do anything wrong and only bring joy to people.
  • Concludes that harper lee uses many symbols in her book to kill a mockingbird, such as the tree by the radley house, tim johnson's fight against racism, peace and innocence.

The mockingbirds in the story symbolize peace and innocence because they don’t do anything wrong and they only bring joy to people. “‘But remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird [said by Atticus]’....’Your father's right,’ she [Miss Maudie] said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy” (Lee, 119). The title also has meaning in it, since mockingbirds represent innocence, to kill a mockingbird means to destroy innocence. Some of the characters in the story can be represented as mockingbirds, or innocent people destroyed by evil things. One of the major mockingbirds in the story, Tom Robinson, who was killed by the police, was an innocent man who was destroyed by the evil of the Ewell’s. “‘Tom’s dead.” [said by Atticus]. Aunt Alexandra put her hands on her mouth. ‘They shot him,’ said Atticus. ‘He was running. It was during their exercise period’ (Lee, 315). Tom had the misfortune of knowing the Ewell’s, it was because of Mayella and Bob’s lies that he died. “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed” (Lee, 323). There are other mockingbirds in the story too, such as Jem and Boo Radley. Jem’s innocence was destroyed during Tom Robinson’s trial, where he sees Tom undergo an unfair trial. Since the trial took place in the deep South in the 1930’s, what a white man says is held higher than what a black man says, even when it’s not true. "The jury couldn't …show more content…

The ones talked about in this essay are, how the tree by the Radley house symbolizes Boo Radley’s kindness and longing for friendship. How Tim Johnson symbolizes Atticus’ fight against racism. And, how mockingbirds symbolize peace and innocence, especially how innocence in people can be destroyed by evil. These symbols are all very important by showing the story's main themes and ideas that it’s trying to convey to it’s

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