What Does Atticus Symbolize In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Final Project In Lee's’ “To Kill a Mockingbird”, symbolism is a literary device where the author uses an object to stand for an idea. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the mockingbird symbolises innocence. In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee uses Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Arthur (Boo) Radley as human mockingbirds to contribute to the overall theme of innocence. First Lee uses Atticus as a mockingbird. Atticus is a non-racist lawyer who is the father of the narrator; other wise known as Scout; and Jem. Atticus is a mockingbird because he is a lawyer who is treated like crap because he defended a black man in court. Scout narrates, “According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, however, Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him and threatened to kill him.”(217) Yet Atticus’s response was to wipe the spit off his face and walk away. Mr. Ewell threatened him for defending Tom Robinson; a innocent black man who is charged with rape. Atticus is a helpful man who was defending a man who just so happen to be black; then he’s treated like crap for it. That's why Atticus is a mockingbird. …show more content…

Tom Robinson is a black man with a wife and three kids. He also lost the use of his left arm when he was a boy. He got his arm caught in a cotton gin. He was charged with rape and was “proven” guilty. Tom went to jail where he waited to go to a higher court it was also where he was killed. Atticus explains, “They shot him… 17 bullet holes in him.”(235) Tom is a mockingbird because he was killed for something he didn't do. Tom couldn't defend himself, it only takes 1 bullet to kill someone. After the first shot they shot him 16 more times after he was already dead. He wasn't killed because he was on trial for rape, he was killed for being

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