Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something, and don’t you forget it whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash” Everyday, people of every race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, etc. judge and cheat people everyday. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout and Jem are trying to find who is good and who is evil. They are struggling with that since many in the town are racist. Scout and Jem are trying to have an opinion of people based on who they are, and not their race. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, we see their struggles through the symbolism that is shown many times as racism, innocence,…show more content…
Harper Lee uses this technique to achieve the goal of setting up the problem. “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” (Lee, 119). The mockingbird symbolizes the innocence of the town. It is a sin to kill them because all they do is bring joy and benefits to the community. They also don’t do anything wrong. For example, Boo Radley represents a mockingbird because he is innocent and nobody should do anything to hurt him. Boo Radley stayed in the house, therefore he didn’t do anything to anyone, and when he did come out, it was to help Jem and Scout since he loved them like they were his children. He liked to stay isolated and his wish should be granted since he is innocent. “Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters of children” (Lee, 323). In the book, Tom Robinson is the most obvious person that represents the mockingbird and why it is a sin to kill them. Tom Robinson symbolizes the mockingbird because he clearly didn’t rape Mayella Ewell, yet still got wrongfully accused for it, then shot to death. He helped out the town, did handywork, and wasn’t rude to anyone, proving his innocence. It is a sin that Maycomb not only found him guilty, but also shot him to death since he did nothing wrong.Harper Lee uses the technique of symbolism when talking about the mockingbirds of the community. This sets up the problem because it shows all the sins that would be committed when someone kills a mockingbird, or kills/does something mean to the innocent, helpful people of
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