Essay On Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird Symbolism is woven throughout the timeless classic by Harper Lee, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” This story is based on the coexistence of good and evil and how one learns to hang on to hope, despite evil in the world. Harper Lee uses symbolism to make the story more interesting and more timeless. There are several characters in the book that can be seen as mockingbirds; a symbol of pleasantness and innocence. Symbolism related to prejudice is noted through the story. Fighting injustice and standing for the truth is symbolized in the story. Harper lee masterfully uses the art of symbolism in his story “To Kill A Mockingbird” to invite the reader to think about the evil side of prejudice and the good side of standing…show more content…
Dubose show symbolic themes Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, emphasizes in his story. Jem was troubled by Mrs. Dubose’s insults towards his father, Atticus, who was representing a black man accused of rape. What white man would ever stand up for a black man? Standing up for a black man is considered blasphemy during this time period. Only Atticus would do this because he knows what is right and what is wrong. He always does the right thing. “Your father’s no better than the niggers and the trash he works for!”( Later when Jem and Scout passed by Mrs. Dubose’s house, Jem took a baton and violently attacked her white camellia bushes. The white camellia flowers represent the white townspeople views against black people. Jem’s anger from the town’s people is injustice towards his father and blacks was shown in his actions of destroying the flower garden. Atticus uses this opportunity to teach both Jem and Scout a moral lesson. They were required to nurse the garden back to health. This symbolizes the courage to tolerate others even if their views are different. Atticus also has them befriend Mrs. Dubose and read to her. Again this symbolizes developing courage to understand the differences people
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