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To Kill A Mockingbird Symbols
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird Symbols
Eric Moore Symbolic Objects Symbolic Characters Boo Radley Mrs. Dubose Tom Robinson The Giving Tree Mockingbirds Snowman The Trial Shooting of Tim Johnson Trip to the First Purchase African M.E. Church Symbolic Events - trial held in Maycomb Courthouse
- court case is about Mayella Ewell getting raped by Tom Robinson
- Tom is very likely to be innocent (proven by logic: Mayella's right side of face filled with bruises)
- Tom loses court case
Dolphus Raymond quoted about the racism, "'Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking,'" (Lee 201.)
Our country includes the protection of different rights and how all men are created equal but racism still exists today - Jem and Scout, although "pure", may project preudice as well
- First Purchase church is very different
- no hymbooks
- most people illiterate
- both serve same purpose: serving God
"'Wouldn't do any good,' she said. 'They can't read,'" (Lee 124.)
Different kinds of Christianity exist today and they include different practices. They, however, all center on worshiping God - Tim Johnson, a dog, gets rabies
- innocent dog who did not do anything wrong
- forced to die due to insanity and threat to the society
- symbolizes Atticus changing in the eyes of Jem and Scout (maturation)
- killing a mockingbird
"The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown-and-white heap," (Lee 96.) - created by Jem and Scout
- needed dirt and earth due to lack of snow
- symbolized how white and black need to cooperate to work together in society
- snow melted in the end to reveal dirt and "blackness"
"5 baskets of earth and 2 baskets of snow," (Lee 66)
Hypocrites and racism still exist today and is a common thing that we have to deal with, no matter what color our skin is - Boo Radley left gifts in the tree
- symbol of friendship
- attempt of pure relationship
- Jem and Scout included a "thank you" note
- Nathan Radley filled hole with cement
"...we considered everything we found in the knothole our property" (Lee 59)
"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein is about a selfless tree that loved a boy and gave him everything he wanted throughout his entire life. Boo gave what treasures he could give until the hole was filled. Both Boo and the tree also watched their children mature. - sin to kill a mockingbird
- mockingbirds are innocent
- unjustified to kill mockingbirds
Miss Maudie explained, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for people to enjoy," (Lee 90.)
In reality, an example of a mockingbird is Manti Te'o. He did nothing wrong, but his grandmother died in a car accident and his girlfriend was a hoax and that shows that he was “hurt” unjustly. - mockingbird character
- figure blemished by rumors from society
- harmed by society and seems like an evil person
- proved society wrong
- demonstrates his good will and innocence
People said “he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows...” (Lee 9) - symbolizes hate and evil to Jem and Scout
- symbol of courage and strength (before death)
- morphine addict at young age
- overcame her addiction before she died
"'According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody,'" (Lee 112.)
In present day, people die by different drug uses and do not have the courage to overcome the addiction like Mrs. Dubose did - mockingbird character
- affected by racism and the society around him
- sentenced as guilty in court trial
- potentially innocent convict
- did not deserve conviction after helping Mayella Ewell
"'I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em,'" (Lee 197.)
Today, courts are very fair and equal to all men. Judges are not biased and everyone has a right to a trial that is fair (Amendments 5, 6, and 7 in Constitution) Bibliography Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Pennsylvania: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960. Print.
LynnSchiavo. "Snowman symbol in to kill a mockingbird." Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.