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Us of Symbols in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Question; Describe an important symbol or symbols in the text you have studied and analyse how the symbol helped to develop ideas in the text. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a story of racial prejudice and social class set in a time when such narrow-mindedness was considered acceptable and apart of every day life in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Narrated and based around Scout (Jean Louise) Finch and the many ordeals she and her brother (Jem) face in the years of their growing up; out of the childhood innocence they once possessed to realise the true evils of their community and shed false pretences surrounding the innocence of two such characters as Boo Radley and Tom Robinson for which the community of Maycomb had long labelled and ridiculed for either their colour or peculiar behavioural patterns. Lee incorporates several different symbols within the text that assist in developing the ideas and beliefs held by both Scout and Jem such as; the Mockingbird, Mrs Dubose’ Camellias and Mayella Ewell’s red Geraniums all of which play important roles on the children’s conscience and sense of justice. A Mockingbird is an innocent animal that exists solely to make music, it does not harm nor offend any around it but rather tries to make life more pleasant. Scout and Jem’s father tells them they can “shoot all the Blue Jays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird,” (pg 69). In To Kill A Mockingbird Boo Radley and Tom Robinson can be seen as Mockingbirds who are both peaceful people that would never dream of hurting another, however both of these characters are in a sense killed by the community of Maycomb through their prejudice attitudes and beliefs. In contrast with the loud and obn... ... middle of paper ... ...nce of the yard that is his personality, such ideas and beliefs are also impressed upon Scout’s developing personality. In conclusion within the text To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee there are a number of symbols used to portray the development of many corresponding ideas and beliefs held by the residents of Maycomb county weather that be the counties resident Mockingbirds Boo Radley and Tom Robinson who continue to sing their songs of purity and innocence even in death (in Tom’s case), Mrs Dubose who’s underlying courage was able to shine through her Camellias and rub of on Jem or Mayella Ewell who’s backyard is proven to be populated by beautiful Geraniums; symbolism has played huge role on their ideas and beliefs and those of the people around them most notably the narrator Scout Finch who’s entire outlook on life is changed through the use of such symbolism.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a mockingbird is an innocent animal that exists solely to make music. scout and jem's father tell them they can shoot all the blue jays, but remember that killing them is sin.
  • Analyzes how mrs dubose's camellias are a symbol of courage in both her own personality and in that of jem.
  • Analyzes how mrs dubose's camellias play an important symbolic role in to kill a mockingbird. mayella ewell’s red geraniums symbolise the good that resides in everyone.
  • Concludes that symbolism in harper lee's to kill a mockingbird portrays the development of many corresponding ideas and beliefs held by maycomb county residents.
  • Analyzes how harper lee's to kill a mockingbird is a story of racial prejudice and social class set in the small town of maycomb, alabama.
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