Theme Of Metaphors In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Metaphorical Mockingbirds We write so many essays about the metaphors and meanings written into novels that we start to question whether an author really intends to plant such complex metaphors into their stories in the first place, but either way when they flower into such an integral theme, we suspend all disbelief. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and published in 1960 by Harper Lee. The novel is set in the 1930’s in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. We watch the events of To Kill a Mockingbird play out through the eyes of Scout Finch, a young girl living with her father Atticus and brother, Jem as she attempts to come to terms with the prejudice and racism of the citizens of Maycomb. They, along with their friend Dill engage in many adventures with the fascination of their recluse neighbor Boo Radley. In chapter ten of the novel, Atticus tells Jem, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90) and though some would argue that he means Tom Robinson to be the metaphorical mockingbird the evidence points more strongly to it being Scout, Jem, and Dill’s childhood innocence, this is shown in the book in the trial scene when Dill, in tears runs from the courthouse and afterward when Jem asks Atticus about the trial. The fact that the mockingbird is the children’s innocence is illustrated about halfway through the trial of Tom Robinson when Dill flees the courthouse while Mr. Gilmer is questioning Tom. Scout goes with him and they end up outside with Mr.
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