Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Becka Bower

Mockingbird Essay

In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there is the Finch family. The Finch family is living in the great depression, many families are struggling to find work and food. Jem and Scout and their widowed father all live in the small town of Maycomb county. Atticus Finch, the father, is a lawyer who is defending a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping a white woman named Mayella. Tom dies trying to escape even though innocent. The children become very interested in the neighbor next door and as to why he never comes outside. Then he starts to leave them presents in a tree and even saves their lives. The author Harper Lee has many symbols in the story. First, being how the justice system has failed us and was very racist. Next, the disadvantage that women had. Lastly, how a mocking bird is innocent and represents Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.

A symbol from To Kill A Mockingbird is when Tom Robinson was put on trial for hurting a innocent white woman. Tom Robinson had more evidence than the Ewells proving that Tom was innocent. For example the text states ¨ why, just passin’ by, when she says for me to come there and help her a minute ¨.This is Tom Robinson being invited into the Ewells home. Also the fact that Tom only had one hand showed that he would be unable to pin down Mayella with only one hand. Also that her father had been the one who had hit her because it was her right eye that was hit and Tom only had one
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