Symbols In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Mockingbirds and Innocence To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless classic. It’s known for it’s many symbols, some shown in characters and quotes, and some hidden in deeper metaphoric meanings. Symbols such as the mockingbird are shown through characters like Tom Robinson, and Scout. These are just a few examples of the many symbols displayed throughout the book. Harper Lee uses these symbols to represent innocence, and to make a point of the overall theme which is how innocence is lost as you grow up. The first symbol is the most obvious one, the mockingbird. When Atticus bought Scout and Jem an air rifle he said, "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." And Mrs. Maudie adds to that saying how, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't…show more content…
She represents the mockingbird because she is an innocent child, she’s ignorant to the evils of the world. She doesn’t know what rape is, or why people are mad at her daddy for testifying on behalf of Tom Robinson. She also used curse words without knowing their true meaning or the effect they had, to quote her thought process she said, “I was proceeding on a dim theory, aside from the innate attraction of such words,that if Atticus discovered I had picked them up at school he wouldn’t make me go.” And when Cecil Jacobs started provoking her about her father she exclaimed, "I don't know what you're talkin' about, but you better cut it out this red hot minute!" So even though she didn’t know what the words Cecil was calling her father meant, she didn’t like the way they sounded. As the years go by she witnesses the harsher realities of the world, causing her to lose her childlike

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