The Symbolic Nature of Mocking Birds in In To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper

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A mockingbird is a bird that is known for mimicking songs of other birds and insects. They do not harm people or destroy nature. All they do is make nice tones for everyone to hear. In To Kill A Mockingbird, the mockingbird symbolizes innocence; so when you kill a mockingbird, you kill the person’s innocence. In the book, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and the children are symbolic of the mockingbird because they show signs of innocence throughout the story. Boo Radley is symbolic of the mockingbird because he is always inside his house so he does not experience the outside world except to watch Jem, Scout, and Dill. When Boo Radley leaves different gifts for Jem and Scout to find by the tree shows his innocence. He just wants to become friends with the kids. One day as Jem and Scout were walking home, they see that the person left them another gift. Scout pulls it out and sees that it is a craving of them on two bars of soap. Scout says,” they were almost perfect miniatures of two children. The boy had on shorts, and a shock of soapy hair fell to his eyebrows. I looked up a Jem. […] I had never noticed it before. Jem looked from the girl-doll to me. The girl-doll wore bands. So did I” (60). The description that Scout gives us shows that the gifts that they found in the tree were definitely for them. This shows that Boo Radley is innocent because the gift he gives them is for friendship not harming them. This makes him like the mockingbird because all he wants is friendship
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