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Id rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard but I know youll go after birds Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit em but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird This is what Atticus Finch tells his children after they are given air-rifles for Christmas Uniquely the title of the classic novel by Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird was taken from this passage At first glance one may wonder why Harper Lee decided to name her book after what seems to be a rather insignificant excerpt After careful study however one begins to see that this is just another example of symbolism in the novel Harper Lee uses symbolism rather extensively throughout this story and much of it refers to the problems of racism in the South during the early twentieth century Harper Lees effective use of racial symbolism can be seen by studying various examples from the book This includes the actions of the children the racist whites and the actions of Atticus Finch The actions of the children in this novel certainly do have their share of symbolism For instance the building of a snowman by Jem and Scout one winter is very symbolic There was not enough snow to make a snowman entirely out of snow so Jem made a foundation out of dirt and then covered it with what snow they had One could interpret this in two different ways First of all the creation of the snowman by Jem can be seen as being symbolic of Jem trying to cover up the black man and showing that he is the same as the white man that all human beings are virtually the same Approval of these views is shown by Atticus when he tells Jem I didnt know how you were going to do it but from now on Ill never worry about whatll become of you son
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