How Does Lee Use Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Mockingbird, a southern novel, Harper Lee uses the characterization of Atticus and Boo Radley. Lee also uses the symbolism of the mockingbird in her book. Both the characters and the symbolism show that innocence should be defended rather than attacked. To begin with, Atticus develops the theme by defending his children from racism and, also, defending Tom in court despite all the struggles. He shows, through defending Tom, that he believes he might have a chance of winning the court case. Scout says that, “Atticus assured us that nothing would happen to Tom Robinson until the higher court reviewed his case“ (Lee 219). This shows that Atticus believes he has a chance in court showing us his innocence. However, Atticus is still exposed to the depths of racism. He is teased, tantalized, and bullied for defending Tom. Although he has gone through all this, he still defends Tom and believes that the goodness in people will overcome racism and send Tom back to his family. …show more content…

When Boo stabs Mr. Ewell and Atticus wants to expose him the sheriff steps in. Heck Tate orates, “ To my way of thinkin’ [...] taking the one man who’s done […] a great service an’ draggin’ him […] to me, that’s a sin “ (Lee 276). This demonstrates that Boo does things for a greater good and is almost like a protector of some sort. Comparing this to a Mockingbird, Boo stays in and harms nobody for most of his life. However, his service helps the town take a great debt off their shoulders making it a sin to drag him

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