To Kill a Mockingbird Response to Literature Essay

723 Words Jan 15th, 2013 3 Pages
Simran Gaglani
English honors
Period 1, Mrs. Grexton
November 18 2011

There are many significant symbols used to represent the different themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the book Harper Lee transmits a message to the reader using examples and symbols to get her point across. Some of these symbols include the dresses, Tim Johnson, and dependencies.
The symbol that best represents the theme of growing up would be clothing. Throughout the book, clothing has been more than just a choice of style; it had been a sign of maturity. Another instance would be when Miss Maudie asks Scout, “‘Where are your britches today?’” Scout answers back, “Under my dress.” (Lee 309) This shows that Scout has finally learned to accept the
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‘”He’s far from dead, Jem, he hasn’t gotten started yet.”’ Racism has a funny way of popping back up once you think its done and over with. Just when you think its about to die out, there is still more out there.
Aside from clothes and Tim, deceptive appearance is also an important theme symbolized by people’s different dependencies. Although the weakness may look like one thing, it might actually mean another. For example: ‘“secretly Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live the way I do because that’s the way I want to live.”’ (Lee 268) Dolphus Raymond’s “apparent” weakness/dependency seem to be an addiction to spirits. But as we take a closer look he reveals to us that his so called addiction is only a cover up so people would spare the time to try and figure out his motives. “His left arm was fully 12 inches shorter than his right, and hung dead at his side.”’ (Lee 248) Tom’s state implies that he committed the crime and looks as if he is guilty, but his dependency being his left arm proves that he couldn’t have done the crime. “Mrs Dubose was a morphine addict, she took pain-killers for years…she was going to leave this world holden to nothing and nobody.”’ Hearing this from Atticus jem realizes, “You mean that’s what her fits were?” (Lee 147 and 148) Jem has always seen Mrs. Dubose as a horrible old lady with a bitter tongue. But as he looks past the deceptive…