Symbolism of Prejudice in to Kill a Mockingbird

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Analyse how symbolism was used to convey an interesting idea in an extended written text Prejudice, in the 1930s, was an extremely relevant issue regarding the racism that was present throughout society – particularly in the south of the United States, which is where the novel To Kill A Mockingbird is set. Through the course of the novel, Harper Lee conveys the idea of prejudice to the reader in a variety of forms – mostly by use of symbolism. The most powerful examples of this symbolism are the use of the term ‘mockingbird’ - which is used to symbolise someone who does no wrong in the world, Boo Radley – who is a symbol of how communities and individuals can promote and maintain prejudice, and lastly the Snowman created by Jem – which…show more content…
Due to the fact that both Jem and Scout are young, innocent characters, they have no other thoughts other than to assume that the terrifying stories of Boo Radley are true, and so from that they derive the games to make Boo Radley emerge from his house, all the while Boo is actually watching the children’s antics from within his sanctuary. This all explains how the symbolism of Boo Radley portraying idle gossip conveys the interesting idea of prejudice, as people, including Jem and Scout, make pre-judgements of a person, in this case Boo Radley, based solely on the stories and mistruths that are weaved by people within a community, and how those stories get exaggerated the longer they go on for. As the novel progresses, both Jem and Scout are shown to mature, this is due to "To Kill A Mockingbird" being a bildungsroman novel. Through this coming of age process, we are actually shown Jem’s new found maturity enabling him to find empathy and acceptance regarding the Boo Radley myths, as he finally took his father’s advice to “climb into someone else’s skin and walk around in it” when he was explaining to Scout his epiphany that he “[is] beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut in his house all this time. It’s because he wants to stay inside.” This shows the first
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