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To Kill a Mocking Bird
Transcript of To Kill a Mocking Bird
Symbols in the Story
Rite of Passage
Scout and Jem both go through a rite of passage during the novel. They both start of as immature children and end up learning values in life and what is like out in the world. "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough." (Lee 279).
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Scout (Jean Louise) Finch is a tomboy who is growing up during the time of the Great Depression. She wears overalls instead of a dress and always wants to play outside with her older brother Jem. "I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year." (Lee 89). Scout is a very smart and headstrong young lady who is being taught the value in things and life lessons throughout the story by her father Atticus and being put to the test with the people and experiences she encounters.
Jeremy (Jem) Finch is a caring brother who will always stick up for what is right. His straight brown hair and brown eyes resembled Atticus. Jem has a problem dealing with the fact that African American people are being treated unfairly. "If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all the time... it's because he wants to stay inside." (Lee 259).
Atticus Finch provides guidance to both his children thought out the story and tries to be a good example in his own conduct. He is a lawyer in his late forties with greying hair and glasses who is very smart and isn't prejudice like most the people in Maycomb. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view -until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (Lee 30).
Maudie Atkinson is a strong supportive woman who lives across the street from the Finches. She is about the same age as Atticus and treats the children as if they are equals. She, like Atticus also believes that everyone should e be treated fairly. "Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we're paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple." (Lee 240).
Courage is displayed in many of the characters throughout the novel. They are Atticus, Mrs. Dubose and Jem. The reader saw courage from Atticus during the trail of Tom Robinson, courage from Mrs. Dubose during her withdrawal fits from morphine. Jem learns what courage really is throughout the novel. "It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." (Lee 112).
The mockingbird represents innocence and in a way it also represents Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee 94).
The fire symbolizes how people can come together as one for a common cause and it doesn't matter the color of skin or race. It show's that material things aren't as important as values. "At the front door, we saw fire spewing from Miss Maudie's diningroom windows. As if to confirm what we saw, the town fire siren wailed up the scale to a treble pitch and remained there screaming." (Lee 68).