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Looking into the Metaphors used in Lee Harper's 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.

Cassandra Hills

on 24 June 2010

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Metaphors To Kill A Mockingbird Random Examples 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can shoot 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' Lee Harper Story . . . Simpsons style Lenny - Hey maybe there is no cabin. Maybe it's one of them metaphorical things. Carl - Oh yeah, yeah. Like maybe the cabin is the place inside each of us, created by our goodwill and teamwork. Lenny - Nah, they said there would be sandwiches. Shakspeare and his wise words . . . A man may break a word with you, sir, and words are but wind Max Black . . . ON metaphors . . It would be more illuminating to say that the metaphor creates the similarity than to say that it formulates some similarity antecedently existing Definitions . . IN the dictionary . . . (noun) the application of a name or descriptive term or phrase to an object or action to which it is imaginatively but to literally applicable. Synonyms - figure (of speech), analogy, analogue, image, trope, symbol, simile, symbolism, imagery. in english . . . a phrase that has an underlying meaning that can be applied in many different situations. The Author who didn't want fame . . . The story follows Atticus Finch, a single father and a lawyer, defending a black man wrongley accused of a white girl's rape. The story is seen through Scout's (Jean Louise Finch) eyes and incorporates growing up in the 1930's with racial discrimination in mind and the stupidities of adults. The quote that is central to the book . . . The Mockingbirds In the story it is seen that the character Tom Robinson is the Mockingbird of the book as he was an innocent man accused of a crime that was awful in reality but because of his race it was made very brutal in Maycomb County. Lee Harper uses the quote simply in the novel, without the quote the novel would have different meaning. The context in which the quote is used is in such as casual format it could almost go undetected. In historical context Tom Robinson would be seen as the mockingbirds but in fact the whole Anglo Saxon populus would be seen as mockingbirds becuase in the thirities Anglo Saxon's were higher in class than Afican Americans and could do no wrong. The main belief was that Afican Americans were always bad in nature. Lee Harper has the title bring out the quote in the book and it really makes the reader think and then bringing on a whole different complexity to the novel. Just Think about this . . . 'Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.' - pg 308
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