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The title of Harper Lees classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird relates significantly to the plot and characters in the novel Without the symbolic references to a mockingbird the story line would have no relevance and less significance When Atticus tells Jem and Scout to Shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hitem but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird he is referring to the notion the a mockingbird is a harmless creature and does nothing but sing and bring happiness to the world Lee 90 Harper Lee takes the title for her novel from this passage because the imagery of a mockingbird is important to the characters of both Arthur Boo Radley and Tom Robinson These two characters are harmless songbirds that are sinfully destroyed Boo Radley although he only appears once serves two significant purposes At the beginning of the novel Boo serves as a fictional character to the children giving them something to make fun of in their games and dramas as well as a topic of conversation As the story unfolds it becomes clear that Boo embodies more character than most of the citizens in Maycomb emerging as a symbol of what is truly right In the beginning of the story Boo represents the unknown The children wonder about Boo and his strange way of life but really have no concept of who he is At first the children ask questions about Boo concerning his weird living style When this does not satisfy their curiosities they make up games and stories about Boo which present him as being a monster At one point the children invade the Radley property in hopes of finding some clue that will better explain Boos character As the story progresses Boo becomes more of a symbol of kindness and bravery than that of the town freak which he is made out to be Boo leaves presents for the children in the
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