How Does Boo Radley Symbolize In To Kill A Mockingbird

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How does Harper Lee use the mockingbird as a symbol throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird a novel written by Harper Lee explores the themes of courage, racism and injustice. The novel set in the 1930’s in the imaginary town of Maycomb County in Alabama, a town filled with prejudice and the southern American phenomenon of racial segregation. Harper Lee highlights the novels themes by showing the symbolic meaning of the mockingbird and the characters she believes symbolise mockingbirds. Lee consolidates the mockingbird through matters such as how Tom Robinson is racially unjustified, how Boo Radley through the towns prejudice and rejection of him, isolates himself and the very young mockingbird Jem. Lee also uses the mockingbird to show how innocence of the…show more content…
Although Boo Radley shows just what a substantial person he has become, he is still misjudged by the society. This is proved when Boo Radley saves Jem’s life by killing Mr.Ewell and Atticus says it wouldn't be right to expose him and Scout vocalised, “ It would be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”. So when Atticus kept the information of Boo to himself, he really believed that Boo Radley was an innocent man who caused no harm to anyone and therefore shouldn’t be persecuted, as he has been ill­treated his whole life. The aim with mockingbirds in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is that mockingbirds should not be killed as they only exist for the enjoyment of others and cause no harm and only minded their business. Another way in which Harper Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol is through Tom Robinson. Tom was the most ideal person to call a mockingbird, he helped when he could and caused no harm to anyone, in fact being the most he became the only helpful and kindest person in Mayella Ewell’s life. Following his helpful attitude towards Mayella, she thinks
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