Essay Symbolism : Symbols And Symbolism

780 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
In every piece of writing, symbolism is used to provide a deeper meaning beyond what the text actually says. The way you interpret the meaning of a text can be way off if you miss the play on symbols that the writer has done. Symbolism also enhances the story on a whole other level than you would have originally thought. Deciphering the hidden meanings of symbols makes every piece of literature that much greater. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee did a great job with symbolism. Everything she writes in the story has a hidden meaning behind it. Everyone and thing in the story has an underlying message and meaning. From the Radley Place, the tree, Tom Robinson, and even the little roly poly all have an important significance on what they mean.
The biggest play on symbolism in the story has to be the mockingbird. Mockingbirds are innocent, harmless creatures that do nothing but sing us songs. In the story it is made known that killing a mockingbird would be wrong. “I’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (103). In the story the mockingbird represents Tom Robinson. Tom was a Negro man whose act of kindness backfired and got him killed. He was only trying to help Mayella Ewell, because he felt sorry for her. Just like a mockingbird, Tom was innocent. Unfortunately, being like that mockingbird got him killed. Lee uses the mockingbird…

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