Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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While some books may directly correlate to their titles, others--many of which are highly recognized--use a title that is not straightforward, but instead becomes increasingly meaningful as the reader progresses through the novel. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus uses the innocence of a mockingbird to teach his children important values about life. The mockingbird is a recurring motif throughout the book and often helps explain why Atticus makes certain choices. Although mockingbirds are not a main plot point, they provide a feature that is essential to the novel. Much like To Kill a Mockingbird, many of Tennessee Williams 's works have influential titles that provide another layer of detail. The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot …show more content…
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche is frequently overcome by the dueling forces of death and desire within her mind. It is necessary to have an even balance because “the problem is not only to learn how to listen to [her] desire, but also to resist it” (Thomières 7). Blache tends to give into her desires such as her want for men, which inevitably leads to her downfall. She turns to sex trying to avoid destruction, but it has a reverse effect and actually causes more problems. Blanche is driven by desire when she flirts with the paper boy, eventually kissing him. She longs for young lovers because they remind her of Alan, her late husband, and of how young she used to be. Her desire for youth compels her to be incapable of accepting the present. She tries so hard to live in the past that she loses her mind and repeatedly tells Stanley about her former lover Shep Huntley who is coming to take her on a cruise. Blanche throws herself at all men because she wishes for security and believes they can provide it thus fulfilling her desires. Because she gives in, in the long run Blanche loses everything because the only way to satisfy her overpowering desires was to live in a fantasy world. In The Glass Menagerie Tom is forced to walk on eggshells around his glass like sister Laura. Despite his mother 's many efforts to ignore it, …show more content…
In The Glass Menagerie the main idea is that there is no way to escape without consequences. Tom’s attempts to flee the family and follow his dreams end badly. Tom is forced to live with the guilt that he left his sister behind, and Laura and her mother struggle to survive day to day. The idea of escape can also be seen in Laura 's attempts to escape the real world and live in the innocent and imaginative world of her animals. In A Streetcar Named Desire the main point is the connection between death and sexual relations. In an attempt to avoid death Blanche turns to men, but her excessive relations only lead others to look down upon her, resulting in her expulsion, or death, from society. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof the central point is people are multisided. Maggie loves Brick, but is also frustrated with him for not forgiving her. While at times she only expresses one side, humans are naturally complex and experience dozens of senses per second, to which they automatically react. Maggie like many restrict their emotions so they do not have to face the conflict in their lives. In all three plays the characters experience some form of misery or

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