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To Kill A Mockingbird - Symbolism in Chapter 6 of the wire fences, vegetables, darkness, and window's curtains

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Chapter 6 - Prompt #3

"We thought it was better to go under the high wire fence at the rear of the Radley lot, we stood less change of being seen. The fence enclosed a large garden and a narrow wooden out-house. Jem held up the bottom wire and motioned to Dill under it. I followed, and held up the wire for Jem. It was a tight squeeze for him (56)."

This quotation impressed me because of the incredible symbolism that it portrays. The children's search through the darkness, the several wire fences, the vegetables in the yard, and then the dark window with curtains is somewhat symbolic of the children's search through layers of ignorance and rumor to find the truth underneath it all at the very core. By searching for the man who has been made into a monster by society, they will bring back his basic common humanity and unite him with everyone else in spite of his unusual personality. The faint light that Dill sees represents the inner personality and true demeanor of Boo Radley. It illustrates that under all the stereotypes and rumors that encompass Boo, there is good at the very heart of his soul. This theme also ties in with the theme of increasing savagery in The Lord of the Flies. The theme of savagery in The Lord of the Flies depicts that everyone has savage inner instincts, but this barbarism is hidden by the laws and regulations of civilized society. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author also a similar theme which illustrates that everyone is equal at heart, and their true personality is covered by society's stereotypes and thoughts. Both novels show that people's true personalities arise when they are removed from society and discrimination, but The Lord of the Flies states that man's inner essence is evil, while on the other hand, To Kill a Mockingbird states that man's inner intentions are good and righteous. These two novels thus provide a striking yet interesting contrast to each other about the inner nature of mankind.

Several more themes are...