Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird is drenched in different themes and symbols, one must understand these symbols to truly understand the moral. Arguably, the biggest symbols in the book are mockingbirds. The novel takes place in the 1930’s, in a small town called Maycomb. This time period was very racist. The book takes place during a three-year span. Atticus, their father, is a lawyer who is defending a black man accused of raping a 19-year-old woman. Atticus tries to raise his children to not have prejudice. Scout and Jem, his children, are naïve, but, towards the end, they grow more knowledgeable and start to understand the racism that takes place in their town. Harper Lee’s novel implies that Jem, Scout and Boo’s innocence has been stripped from them and that a mockingbird represents innocence, which therefore represents them. The three main characters of the story, Jem, Scout and Boo Radley, represent innocence. Jem and Scout get infatuated with the mysterious ‘Boo Radley’ their next door neigbour Many rumours about this character are circulated, such as, “…he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten, his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” (Lee 16) All of these rumours are false, Boo is a young man who does not hurt anyone and does not leave his house, he is
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