Symbolism Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird is filled with symbolism used to display different themes. A major symbol is the mockingbird. Mockingbirds are harmless creatures that just sing and make the world a happier place. Lee uses three main characters that resemble greatly to mockingbirds to get her subtle, but imperative points across. One of these mockingbirds is forced to meet his maker, another is forced is forced to kill, and the last mockingbird’s innocence is forced to slowly die. Lee uses these characters to portray the theme of morality and ethics in a small, southern town where the citizens’ warped morals cloud their judgment of right and wrong. In her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee utilizes the phrase “to kill a mockingbird” to represent the ruin of innocence that is portrayed throughout the novel when Tom Robinson, Arthur (Boo) Radley, and Jem Finch are stripped of their innocence by the cruel, prejudice society of Maycomb County.
Much like a mockingbird, Arthur Radley is barely seen. He spends most of the book as merely a figment of collective imagination. He never comes out of his house, and in a town like Maycomb, that is a sin in and of itself. Subsequently, this this makes Boo Radley a mysterious figure that no one knows about. The majority of adults spread gossip and, the children make him into a scary story to tell their friends. His nickname, Boo, even came from one of the stories fabricated to fill in the holes in Arthur’s life. In essence, Arthur becomes a…

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