How Does Harper Lee Use Symbols In To Kill A Mockingbird

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How can someone express something, like one of the many issues in todays society, in a more subtle way without taking away any of the problem’s zeal? This question can be answered by the use of a symbol. Harper Lee uses many symbols throughout her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and has discovered a way to use them exquisitely. In the book, Harper Lee introduces these symbols through telling the story of Macomb County. Throughout the book different problems and circumstances arise in order to subject the reader to think about how they would try to deal with the issues shown, and in this many symbols are revealed. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses “The Radley Place” to represent the mystery and fear of what people don’t understand,…show more content…
This symbol is shown in court when Mr. Gilmer and Atticus cross-examine each of the witnesses. Dill stated, “Mr. Finch didn’t act that way when he cross-examined Mayella” (Lee 266) This shows that Atticus was not being harsh or rude like Mr. Gilmer was, just because Tom Robinson was of African-American descent.”Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her. But she said he took advantage of her, and when she stood up, she looked at him as if he were dirt beneath her feet.” This shows that in that town and age, many people were rude and took advantage of people in order to get a step ahead. According to a resource from, it states “Atticus believes in justice and the justice system. He doesn 't like criminal law, yet he accepts the appointment to Tom Robinson 's case. He knows before he begins that he 's going to lose this case, but that doesn 't stop him from giving Tom the strongest defense he possibly can.” Mr. Finch willingly gives his best to help a one sided case. He knows he will lose, but he tries his hardest and does the right thing. This shows that Atticus Finch is a symbol of justice and
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