To Kill A Mockingbird Snowman Symbolism

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A symbol is an object that represents an idea, and the snowman in To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the major symbols discussed. One day in Maycomb, it snows, but not a lot. Jem and his younger sister, Scout, decide to make a snowman. This snowman is a symbol for many different reasons and they all end up with the topic of racism. The snowman is one of the many symbols that Harper Lee uses in To Kill a Mockingbird. Jem and Scout, who are brother and sister, go out to make a snowman. When they go out to make this snowman they realize that there is not enough snow, so Jem goes to Miss Maudie and asks, ”Could Scout and me borrow some of your snow?”(88) Miss Maudie says yes so they use some of her snow to construct their snowman. When they finally got the snow from Miss Maudie’s house and brought it home, Jem and Scout realized that they still did not have enough snow so Jem, “went into the house, returned with the laundry hamper, filled it with earth and carried it to the front yard.”(88) The lack of snow in the yard leads…show more content…
Scout says of the finished snowman, “It’s lovely, Jem, it looks almost like he’d talk to you.” (89) Earlier, Jem who called the snowman a Negro snowman is now calling it beautiful when it is covered with the white outside, the snow. Later, Atticus “squinted at the snowman a while. He grinned then laughed.” (90) Atticus, appreciated Jem and Scout’s work on the snowman, he didn’t care whether it was black or white because he wasn’t racist. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the snowman is an important symbol discussed. First while constructing the snowman Jem and Scout put dirt in the middle to make up for the lack of snow. Later, they acknowledge that the snowman is a symbol for racism. At the end of the snowman episode, Atticus, and also Scout compliment the appearance of the snowman. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee a major symbol is the snowman that Jem and Scout
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