To Kill a Mockingbird

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Walking in Their Shoes
Many authors utilize symbolism in their stories or novels for several reasons. Ideas, objects, and characters can be related to these symbols to add a deeper meaning to the story. Writers can use these symbols to communicate a more profound impression than what they actually engrave on the pages. These unique symbols also help readers relate scenes from the book to other main ideas or stories. Some authors even link these symbols into the title of the book even if some of the symbols aren’t recognized until the end. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol to add significance and prominence to the story and characters. In this classic novel, there are characters that can be referred to as a mockingbird. By examining the actions of these characters, readers can recognize the importance of the mockingbird symbol and understand why Arthur “Boo” Radley and Tom Robinson are both great examples of mockingbirds in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s use of the mockingbird symbol is a unique way to show the importance of many scenes in every corner of her historic novel. The mockingbird shows it’s importance at moments in the story during and after the court case as well as when Atticus teaches Scout and Jem important lessons. Atticus is constantly teaching Scout throughout the book not to judge someone until she steps into their own shoes. “‘… Atticus, he was real nice…’ ‘Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.’”(Lee 376). In this quote from To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is reading The Grey Ghost by Seckatary Hawkins to Scout. Although Scout is about to pass out, Atticus reads it to her anyways. Stoner’s Boy, one of the characters, was accused of messing up a clubhouse in the book. He was chased and chased until the other characters realized who Stoner’s Boy really was and that he was not guilty. Even Scout, a little girl, realized that Stoner’s Boy was kind and had been falsely...
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