To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Symbols, Characters, and Situations

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Discuss the significance of the title to the novel. Include references to particular symbols, characters and situations.

In the novel ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ Harper lee writes about many symbols, characters and situations. The title symbolizes the destroying of someone or something innocent. Tom Robinson, an innocent person at heart, but is being accused of rape. There is Atticus Finch, a man that everyone looks up to, but then some people think of him badly after the trial. Lastly there is Boo Radley, all the kids in the neighborhood of Maycomb are afraid of this man, but really he is the one surprising Scout and Jem with special gifts and helping them when they never know.

Tom Robinson is a black man who is accused of attacking and raping Mayella. Through out the story he is portrayed as the stereotypical black man that many don’t trust and afraid to be around. They were against believing the situation and most things that came out of his mouth. It was impossible for him to have committed a crime despite his injury. “Tom was tired of taking white men’s chances and preferred to take his own” (260) Tom was really only trying to help Mayella but his colour and race made people think different. Tom Robinson is portrayed as a Mockingbird for these exact examples. He is an innocent man at heart and it should and would’ve been a sin to kill him.

Atticus Finch is a lawyer at the center of events in the novel, his also the father of Jem and Scout. The people of Maycomb have the wrong idea of Atticus. Some look up to him, when others are against his words and decisions throughout the book. Atticus does not brag about his achievements and is a great and loyal father to his children, he always sets them in the right direction “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down… Try fighting with your head for a change…even if it does resist learning” (Page 76) He is generally a fair man and try’s to deal fairly with all situations, especially in court. He...
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