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How the Seasons in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Represent Events,
Transcript of How the Seasons in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Represent Events,
Summer: Symbolizes maturity and knowledge
Characters introduced: Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, Jem Finch, Maudie Atkinson,Dill.
Scout - Mature for her age and is a reflection of her father, Atticus.
Atticus - Reads a lot and is a lawyer. His children 'consult' with him with problems
Maudie Aktinson - most open minded person in Maycomb, provides Scout with advice
Jem Finch - Is shown to be mature as he stops Scout from fighting someone for no reason, yet influence by Dill makes him more immature,
Dill - Also contradicts the summer's meaning of maturity. Provides immature excuse for the reason why Jem lost his pants.
Autumn: Symbolizes decline, nearing death, growing old
Oak Tree: Symbolizes strength and wisdom
Boo Radley starts to interact with the children using his oak tree as means of messaging. This contradicts the meaning of Autumn, as he is slowly gaining the strength to open up to the children.
We learn Boo Radley's real name, Arthur, from Mrs. Maudie. When learning his real name, Scout starts thinking of Arthur as a normal human being. This also represents strength.
Not many other big events take place, making this season subtle and calm. The term "the calm before the storm" would represent this time in the text.
Winter: Symbolized death, sleep, hibernation or stagnation. Harsh.
Snow: Blanket which obscures, or covers
Snow and mad dog arrive early. This foreshadows the harsh events yet to come.
Atticus is forced to take Tim Robinson's case. This is a major revelation, and sets in perfectly with the theme of harshness and cold of the winter snow, as Atticus may not be able to win this case.
Mrs. Dubose dies. Morphine addiction symbolizes the winter harshness.
Atticus shoots the mad dog. This represents death and contradicts the symbol of snow and covering secrets, as Scout and Jem are learning more about their father than they expected.
The fire in Mrs. Maudie's house contradicts the snow and coldness, it foreshadows the brutality of Tim Robisnon's trial.
Lee uses the seasons and contradictions to represent characters and events. She also uses the meanings to foreshadow events in Part Two of the book.
In 'To Kill a Mockingbird', Harper Lee effectively uses season's meanings to represent the traits of characters and contradicts the meanings with their actions and dialogue. This presentation is on how she achieves this.