To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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"Knowing is not understanding. There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it" once said by Charles Kettering. In the town of Maycomb, Atticus defends a black man from being convicted of rape. His children Scout and Jem grow up from as innocent children to understanding racism within their community. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee informs the readers that growing up can teach you how understanding other people can make you a better person through symbolism, characterization, and dialogue. First, Lee uses symbolism to demonstrate how Scout develops a better understanding of Atticus and Boo Radley. In the beginning of the book, Atticus gives Scout and Jem air-rifles but did not teach them how to shoot. This is because he wanted to teach them the essence of killing a mockingbird. For example, Atticus informs Scout about how innocent mockingbirds are when he says, ' 'I 'd rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you 'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 90). This suggests that Atticus is trying to tell the children that it is an immoral act to kill mockingbirds. Scout also asks Ms. Maudie why it is a sin and she tells her that they do not do anything besides making music for people to enjoy. Scout takes this as a learning experience and realizes that she should not shoot at them since
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