Mockingbird Symbolism

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Maycomb is a town that looks perfect on the outside but is very flawed on the inside. The symbols hidden throughout the novel broaden the reader’s understanding and comprehension of what is going on. The symbols also reveal the many themes of the novel. There are many symbols that reveal the themes including the mockingbird, Tim Johnson, and the snowman.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents how the mockingbird represents Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. The mockingbird represents Tom Robinson throughout the novel by showing his innocence and how the racist people of the town harm him. Despite the many people that take joy in hurting the innocent, there are some people who protect the innocent such as Atticus. For example, Atticus says, “‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”’(Lee 119). Harper Lee uses this line to introduce us to the symbolization of the mockingbird and how it represents innocence. This line gives readers the first interpretation of the mockingbird which is that it sinful to cause mental or physical harm to someone whom has been generous to others and has not caused harm to anyone. Children such as Dill, Jem, and Scout do not understand the trial and how unfair it is towards Tom Robinson The children do not understand the grown-up world and visibly lose their innocence through questions that no child should have to ask or understand. While the
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