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Copy of To Kill a Mockingbird-Chapter 15 Symbolism

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Jonathan Gray

on 19 November 2014

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Transcript of Copy of To Kill a Mockingbird-Chapter 15 Symbolism

Tom Robinson is being moved to the Maycomb jail and there are concerns of a possible lynch mob.
Atticus goes to the jail that evening concerned about Tom’s safety. The children follow Atticus without his knowledge.

Mr. Cunningham finally realizes what he's doing is wrong, and leaves with the men.
Symbols- Primary (Objects)
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
Four black cars pull up outside the jail cell of Tom Robinson and where Atticus is, and men file out and surround Atticus.
Scout recognizes Mr. Cunningham and strikes an odd conversation with him while the other men, including Atticus, watch in awe.
Maycomb Jail
Light and Dark
Tom Robinson
By: Brandon Cho
Atticus reads the newspaper frequently every day. The newspaper could represent the following:
-Atticus' intelligence
-Attucus is updated in modern affairs in Maycomb
-from him reading the newspaper, it inspired his children to read and devour books themselves

The Maycomb jail is a very significant symbol in chapter 15. The jail represents a very sad and sullen place in Maycomb. Harper Lee makes it clear that the jail was the most venerable and hideous of the county's buildings. The jail could also represent the racism and the separation of black people and white people. "the Maycomb jail was a miniature Gothic joke one cell wide and two cells high, complete with tiny battlements and flying buttresses" (page 201-202)
The night is dark, outside the county jail, like the racism and ignorance in Maycomb. Atticus' light illuminates the night, just like he is trying to show and teach the community the truth about Tom Robinson. The light stands out to the usually dark jail door.

The checkerboard represents Atticus' love for the children because he uses checkers as a way to teach Scout valuable lessons such as logics, and to think ahead. It also shows that Atticus is strategically strong which plays an important role when he goes to the the jail and defends Tom Robinson that night. "'Do you really want to move there Scout?' Bam, bam, bam and the checkerboard was swept of my men" (page 195)
The Treehouse on the Finch lawn represents childhood. Now that Jem is not interested in, the treehouse it represents the growth of Jem and his change in this chapter from boy to man. This also leads up to the defiance that Jem shows to Atticus later in the chapter.
When Jem refuses to go home Atticus and Jem have a standoff with fists clenched, facing each other. Fists is a sign of anger and frustration. In the book Atticus was protrayed as a calm and collective man, but he showed fear and anger in this chapter, which was very significant.
Dill is an excellent example of a mockingbird in the story. The thing that Dill and Mockingbirds have in common, is that they are both innocent and do not mean any harm.
Tom Robinson is an example of the analogy"To Kill a Mockingbird" because he is innocent and the men wanted to kill him, even before they heard his side of the story.
In this chapter Scout is perceived as a mockingbird. she is portrayed as an innocent girl, and it shows that she has a very strong impact on people especially when she made Mr. Cunningham come to his senses in this chapter.
“… in favor of Southern Womanhood as much as anybody, but not for preserving polite fiction at the expense of human life.”

This shows Atticus' character in terms of his beliefs. It also shows how committed and passionate he is about the Tom Robinson trial. This quote tells the reader's why Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, even if that means going against the norm in Maycomb.
Thanks For Watching
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
Scout runs out and bursts into the group of men. Atticus tells Jem to take them home, but he refuses.
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