To Kill A Mockingbird Communication Analysis

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"The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through," by Sydney J. Harris. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, information and communication are misinterpreted, misused, and misjudged. When people are not given the correct information, it leads to people thinking and assuming things about others that might not be true. This novel is heavily influenced by judgment, communication, prejudice, and racism. There are four small symbols that are not commonly used for these problems in society. The symbols are Dolphus Raymond's paper bag, the snowman that Jem and Scout built, Tim Johnson the mad dog, and the knothole that Boo Radley used to give Jem and Scout items. The…show more content…
Tim is very similar to Tom Robinson in many ways. The dog had a disease that it was born with and, this lead the dog to not act in his right manner. While Tim was sick, Tom had a useless arm. To add to this, these two beings were also alike in that Atticus had to shoot the dog and defend Tom and he did not really want to do either of them, but was called upon to do so by the county. Also, Scout described the courtroom that Tom was being judged in as the same scene of the deserted street of Tim Johnson (Lee 281). In addition to this, both scenes depicted how Scout was powerless to change the outcome. Lee writes, “Tim Johnson was advancing at a snail’s pace, but he was not playing or sniffing at foliage; he seemed dedicated to one course and motivated by an invisible force that was inching him toward us,” (126). This quote about Tim foreshadows that Tom was going to die or go to jail. Tim, to put this to bed, symbolizes the prejudice of the town of Maycomb. The reason that this mad dog with rabies shows prejudice is that Maycomb County is out of control with their racism and hate towards
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