To Kill A Mockingbird: Symbolism In The Title, Names And Objects



Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee many examples of symbolism exist. One example would be the names of Jem, Scout, and Dill. Another example would be the use of the title in the book. And finally objects in the book such as the cake and the camellias were examples of symbolism.
The author used several of the characters names to symbolize their qualities. One of these was Scout. Scout was always following along with Jem. She was curios about things so she would investigate them. “Later on, I bade my aunt and brother good night and was well into a book when I heard Jem rattling around in his room. His go-to-bed noises were so familiar to me that I knocked on his door: ‘why ...

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was like the valuable stone. He was rough on the outside but inside was nice. Jem was not always mature to other people in the beginning but at the end he treated all people like he was an adult. “How he could tell I was feeling bad under my costume I don’t know, but he said I did all right, I just came in a little late, that was all. Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong.”
Harper Lee used the title of the book in the story as a symbol. One example is when Mr. Underwood said that killing Tom Robinson was like killing a mockingbird. “Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting or escaping. He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children.” Also when sheriff talked about it being a sin to tell the town about Boo Radly. “‘I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is ...

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