Characterization Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel that demonstrates many universal themes throughout the book. The most important theme that was prevalent, was that through the use of characterization, Harper Lee clearly portrays that the innocent are often taken advantage of by a corrupt society. The mockingbird was a very important symbol in the novel that was revealed through the characterization of 3 main characters in the book. The mockingbird was the ultimate symbol of the innocent that should be left alone because they are so precious and special. “I’d rather shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after the birds. Shoot at all the bluejays you want if you can hit them, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Page 90, Chapter 10). This quote was right after the father, Atticus, gave the two protagonists, Jem and Scout toy rifles for Christmas. Atticus is a wise character that is very knowledgeable, so this advice is credible. The mockingbird’s in the story are the characters that are oblivious to society as being special and to be treated with compassion as they all end up being taken advantage of. The first character that is a mockingbird and is innocent is Boo Radley. He was feared in the beginning of the story due to his criminal record. Boo was a hermit crab and was characterized as mysterious and scary. “People said he existed but Jem and I had never seen him… he went out at night when the moon was drawn and peeped into the windows.”…

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