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Symbolism is a commonly used technique seen often in short stories novels and movies A symbol is often used by an author to get a point or message across without having to openly state it A symbol can take many forms be it an animal a phrase or a colour The symbol of a mockingbird is used by author Harper Lee many times throughout the novel To Kill A Mockingbird The mockingbird symbolizes innocence It is a creature that does no harm to anybody and only provides joy to others by singing its song In the presence of evil it is silent The mockingbird is first mentioned by Atticus when he gives his children air rifles at Christmas His advice to them is you can shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hit em but remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird page 99 Throughout the novel we are introduced to three characters who can be characterised as mockingbirds These are the characters of Boo Radley Tom Robinson and Dolphus Raymond The first mentioned mockingbird of the story the character of Boo Radley is a harmless man who simply wants to be left alone The children make a game out of trying to bring him out of his house with little success Around town he is regarded as being strange mysterious and dangerous Many rumours about him peeping in peoples windows at night and of him eating cats circulate around the town As Jem and Scout are walking to the pageant they see a mockingbird sitting in the tree outside the Radley place High above us in the darkness a solitary mocker poured out his repertoire in blissful unawareness of whos tree he sat in page 281 The mockingbirds presence in the tree helps us to associate Boo Radley with innocence as the mockingbird does not know the stories told around town of Boo and therefore his tree
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