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To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 8 Symbolism

Description of symbolism in CHapter 8 of To Kill A Mockingbird
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Jeff Shen

on 16 October 2012

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 8 Symbolism

Chapter 8: To Kill a Mockingbird The fire symbolizes the form of prejudice as it burns down the snowman; which can represent a mixed child. "It's gone, ain't it?" (Jem, 92)
Mixed children do not mix with either white or black people, as they have inherited qualities from both sides
It is also symbolic of the upcoming conflicts that Scout will experience
The burning fire contrasts the intense cold, which is an allusion of the sides of the upcoming trial of people sympathizing and condemning Tom Robinson Miss Maudie's Fire Snow Since snow is a rare occurrence, it symbolizes rare conflicts, such as attacks on others and trials
When Scout sees the snow, she screams "'The world's endin', Atticus! Please do something — !'" Although Atticus reassures her, Scout's world does truly end. In Chapter 31, Scout and Jem are attacked by Bob Ewell, breaking Jem's arm; which prompts her to worry whether Jem will die or not. In chapter 8 Jem and Scout are excited to see snow fall in Maycomb County. As we know Maycomb is an old tired town so nothing exciting ever happens. Snow was a surprise to the citizens of Maycomb because it has never happened before. So they decide to build a snow man, so they gathered as much as they can and tried to build but unfortunately there wasn’t enough snow so they used dirt to make the man but covered it with white snow it actually resembled Mr. Avery. This reveals to us that the snow brings out the purity of people and innocence. Jem and Scout both innocent because they both don’t have the idea of racial segregation they think that everybody is pure inside and people change. Just like in the beginning of the story Maycomb had no excitement but now the weather has changed and it brought happiness to the citizens. Physically this shows that the setting was beautiful and pure. Major Settings of Chapter 8 As they built the fine snowman Miss Maudie’s house caught on fire. This caused a lot of commotion in the town and as we know the people of Maycomb gather together to save Miss Maudie’s and her precious belongings. As the fire created a commotion people didn’t know what to do they saved Miss Maudie’s and her stuff but unfortunately the house fell apart. This reveals that even in that kind of situation that hatred and goodness can prevail in the form of sympathy, understanding and common sense. Miss Maudie’s used understanding of not getting mad about the house but taking it easy and used sympathy and put herself in other peoples shoes to feel how they cared about her, so she should take it easy. The destruction of her house described that if an object that big can be destroyed in seconds so this explains that fire could be evil and rough just like life but Miss Maudie thought that even if I got mad for the destruction of my house it will not make a difference, my house is gone and nothing can bring it back. As this chapter revealed the situation in fire and the snow physically coming down it portrays that the snow and the fire brings out the best in people. Further on in the chapter its shows the emotional setting through Boo Radley. Boo Radley fixing Jems pants with his hands. This portrays the characteristic of Boo Radley that he is a respectful man who likes to give help to people in need. This follows in society that people are scared to give assistance to people in need. Jem needed to fix his pants but so as giving act he gives Jem fixed pants to wear. Late that fall another gift has appeared to them that in Boo Radley have created a bond with the children so he helped make two knotholes that resemble Jem and Scout that are made out of soap which has been filled with cement, to show the children that his love for them is as hard as cement. Boo Radley has put those in the trees because the tree was dying. Later that night Jem and Scouts realizing that Boo Radley is a guy that puts himself in front of him and gives his life to save someone that a person who is a role model to kids. The snowman symbolizes teamwork between the white and black people of the community.
Dirt to mold the snowman, and covering it with snow
Jem's actions represent teamwork between the black (the mud) and white (the snow) to create/ accomplish an achievement. "Jem, I ain't ever heard of a nigger snowman" (Scout, 89) "He won't be black long" (Jem, 89)
The snowman also symbolizes the fact how the foundation of society is based upon black labour.
The snowman also represents a mixed child, with a parent that is white and one that is black.
The snowman also foreshadows Tom Robinson's death. The snowman representing Robinson's life, is burned down during the fire.
The snow symbolizing Atticus, and the mud representing Tom Robinson.
The creation of the snowman symbolizes the efforts of Atticus during the trial to set Tom free; which he fails at, therefore killing Tom.
In addition, the snowman proves that a black person is never accepted, unless he is a white "snowman" Snowman The Gallery of "To Kill a Mockingbird" Chapter8
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