Characters And Symbols Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1130 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
An illusion is defined as: a thing is or is likely to be wrong perceived or interpreted by the senses. Illusions occur everywhere and are unavoidable, however when faced with them, they are likely perceived or told wrong. Illusions are found in the novel through the theme of “Step into another’s skin”/ Appearance vs. Reality. Characters and symbols strongly exemplify this theme in multiple ways. In Harper Lee’s book: To Kill a Mockingbird she effectively uses characters and symbols in both hidden and obvious ways to get the theme through to the reader. Characters play a large role in developing the theme. This is shown through Boo Radely, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond. Boo Radely is neglected by the citizens of Maycomb. Rumours were spread and he is seen as a monster who remains under the protection of his brother and home. "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that 's why his hands were bloodstained -- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time." (Lee pg.“13”). Boo Radely in reality is the entire opposite. Boo cares deeply for the Finch children and shows great love and compassion towards them. When he is forced to make the biggest decision of his life he protects the children by stabbing Bob Ewell, proving…

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