Essay about Use of Symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee, the novel was published in 1960. The novel was written in a time of racial inequality in the United States. To Kill a Mockingbird is told in the perspective of a young girl named Scout, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, who is naïve and innocent. Scout matures throughout the novel through her father, Atticus, and she becomes more aware of the prejudice in Maycomb County. When Atticus loses his case, Scout and her brother, Jem, learn that blacks cannot have a fair trial, but their new found maturity has taught them not assume someone’s character without knowing them first, such as with Boo Radley. Scout says, “‘…Atticus, he was real nice…’” (Lee 376), Atticus replied, “‘most people are, when…show more content…
That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’” (Lee 119). Quite a few characters actually embody the concept of innocence, or are the metaphorical mockingbird. First are the children, Jem and Scout, the innocence of the kids are slowly dissipated throughout the novel. Jem and Scout’s “mockingbird” is killed by the end of the novel because of their exposure to their father’s trial. The children went from naïve, innocent children to mature children. In pertaining to Boo Radley the kids believed the rumors about Boo such as, “as Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities,” (Lee 13) to understanding Boo on a mature level as Jem said, “‘…Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time…it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (Lee 304). From the beginning to the end of the novel, it is possible to see the “killing of the Mockingbird” or the loss of innocence because of their reasoning in general. Through Tom Robison’s trial Jem and Scout learned that life is not fair and all people are not equal; in the trial, since Tom was black, he was not given a fair and equal trial, and the children finally saw the true nature of the people of Maycomb County. Another “mockingbird” in the novel is Tom
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