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To Kill a Mockingbird Analysis of symbolism To Kill a Mockingbird is not just a simple story of growing up This book contains metaphors and symbolism that greatly increase its literary value Mockingbird The most important symbol in this story is probably the mockingbird The theme of the mockingbird is shown in the title and throughout the rest of the book After Scout and Jem received air rifles for Christmas their father Atticus said to them Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can him em but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbirdp129 Later Miss Maudie explains that Mockingbirds dont do one thing but make music for us to enjoyp129 Here we learn that the mockingbird is a harmless and pleasant creature In the story the mockingbird symbolizes two people Arthur Boo Radley and Tom Robinson Both are discriminated against in Maycomb when they are in fact gentle and kind people People referred to Boo as a malevolent phantom and that any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his workp11 This hatred began as fear because the Radleys were people who kept to themselves and this act was a predilection unforgivable in Maycombp13 In the end of the story our opinion of Boo is changed completely as Scout overcomes her fear and discovers that Boo was really just a big child Tom Robinson on the other hand was discriminated against because he was black Even though it was clear that he was wrongfully accused the jury could not vote in favour of a black man over two whites And so a quiet respectable humble Negro who had the unmitigated temerity to fell sorry for a white woman has had to put his word against two white peoplesp295 Lee uses the mockingbird frequently in the book and with it reveals the sins of prejudice that exists among people Cemented Knot-hole In a knot-hole of an oak tree at
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