What Does Jem Symbolize In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The book “To kill a mockingbird” ny harper lee is a literary work that sheds light on the darker side of american history. Set in the 1930s, prejudice based on skin color was very apparent even though you couldn’t legally say that it was. Slavery was outlawed and the constitution amended so that Black men should’ve been “equal”, this was certainly not displayed in the book . The story follows a motley crew of young children slowly maturing and finding out about the racial injustice that was everywhere in the time period. The metaphor of the mockingbird applies to many characters and can be used to analyze the overall meaning of the book. The first character that represents a mockingbird is Jean louise finch, or scout for short. She is a quirky tomboy who could care less about …show more content…
He is accused of rape but he is innocent and he is the victim, not the person who is accusing him. Tom is one of the easiest example to understand because of his condition and his hard work ethic that is like the mockingbird where they are doing no harm so it would be a sin to kill one. Tom ends up dying anyway. Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-" Saying that was the final nail in the coffin too tom’s death, tom did not realize that it would be a mistake to feel sorry for a white person because black people are supposed to be inferior.
One of the scenes where racial injustice is shown the most is the courthouse scene where Atticus has to defend Tom against a angry father who is accusing him of raping his daughter. “The witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair. But the damage was done. Below us, nobody liked Tom Robinson's answer. Mr. Gilmer paused a long time to let it sink in. (Lee, 125). Scout describes the event in detail and explains that because tom was black, he was not allowed to feel sorry for a white person who was supposed to be better off than

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