Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Books tend to have numerous symbols and secret meanings about situations, people, or society. This is especially true in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel takes place around the 1930s in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. The reader is narrated by Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout. For the most part, the story is narrated from her perspective as a child, although sometimes the reader is given the viewpoint from an older version of Scout. She goes through her early childhood years to tell about what she and her family went through. Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, is a lawyer in Maycomb and has just recently been given the job of defending a black man, Tom Robinson. Tom was convicted of rape of a white woman named Mayella Ewell. During the time where the book takes place, there is a great deal of racial segregation. Throughout the novel, the reader is constantly presented with many symbols that help to emphasize and create a stronger meaning to the story. In To Kill a Mockingbird the reader is presented with symbols such as the mockingbird, the mad dog, and Boo Radley. One of the first key symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird is the mockingbird itself. Mockingbirds are harmless creatures who don’t inflict harm on any others. After Atticus says to the kids that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, Miss Maudie, the kids’ neighbor, explains in further detail. She goes on to say, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up
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