Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Does prejudice still exist today? Prejudice certainly existed in the small, rural town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s, towards the end of the Great Depression. To Kill a Mockingbird tells us the story from a young girl named Scout’s perspective as we watch her grow up, spending time with her older brother Jem, her father Atticus, and her friend Dill, Scout learning about morals, racism, perspective, and various life lessons. The book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee presents the idea that prejudice must not be a means to antagonize others because it will end up harming the innocent, as shown through symbolism and characterization.
Throughout the book, various symbols embodying this concept can be found, one being the mockingbird. When Scout’s uncle Jack teaches her and her brother, Jem to shoot, Atticus tells Jem that “‘...it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (page 119). When Scout asks Miss Maudie, a neighbor, about it, she tells Scout that “‘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’” (page 119). When Miss Maudie says this, she means that mockingbirds are the innocent. They do not do anything bothersome— if anything, they help you. It is considered a “sin” to harm the innocent, who have done nothing to trouble you. Jem sums this up later in the book, when Scout is about to crush a nearby
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