Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” -J.K Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird Is a story of change, maintaining patience, and learning how to see people past their roles in society. The clarity and connections of the plot tying into subplots through symbolism has made this novel a literary classic. Taking place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, readers get the idea of the true racism and ignorance throughout southern society during the 1930’s. Symbolism can be portrayed in nearly every important episode throughout the book.
The story starts out with the narrator, Scout, introducing herself and talking about her family (Lee, Page 1-4). Scout is a young six- year old tomboy who lives with her older brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus. Scout is an adventurous character, following her friend Dill and older brother into playful trouble. Maycomb is a place where your role in society is vital. It’s how the people of the town treat you, it’s how you get jobs, and it’s how you learn to live your life. Overall, Maycomb moves at a steady pace and most of the time, isn’t interrupted by misplace in their routine of the social pyramid. However, in this story, it’s a time of great change for this area centering the alleged rape of the white Mayella Ewell, daughter of the wicked Bob Ewell, by the innocent black Tom Robinson. Change is one of the biggest themes in this novel. In order to symbolize this, Lee displays minor events foreshadowing great journeys to come. As a blazing, humid hot town Maycomb is, one winter the children get a big surprise. The Town gets their first snowstorm in quite some time. (Lee, Page 69) Seeing snow for the first time, the children are extremely excited and at first think the world is ending. They rush out of the house and think of what they wanted to do first with all of the snow, since they’ve never dealt with it before (Lee, Page 69). They all...
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