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
His physical disadvantage made his slaughter even more unjust. During the trial, his testimony made it clear that he was always kind to Mayella. So not only was he innocent, he was a kind-hearted man killed only because of the color of his skin. To conclude, Tom Robinson was a good man who didn’t have the means to protect
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the author, Harper Lee, uses the character of Atticus to represent Moral and Truth. In many situations, Atticus's actions differ from the rest of the prejudice society of the 1930s south and represents how the south would change in the next 30 years. The reason why Atticus’s actions were unusual in this time period was because anyone who publicly challenged the system of segregation was in danger of being killed. When the book was written in the 1960s, many anti-segregation movements had happened since the 30s, changing laws and making it much more common for people to act out against segregation like Atticus. One major example of this was during Tom Robinson’s trial where Tom was convicted of a crime
The title of To Kill a Mockingbird represents how Harper Lee feels about the Southern Society during the 1930s. She uses the term mockingbird to represent the innocent traits, and the loss of innocence that the characters face. In this novel Scout, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson all have the traits and qualities of a mockingbird. We learn early in the novel that a mockingbird symbolizes innocence when Atticus says that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Many of the events and actions that occurred, caused Scout to represent a mockingbird.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Mockingbird is the main symbol in the story representing how the loss of innocence influences Scout Finch and the society she sees. With the story, To Kill a Mockingbird is to destroy innocence. This shows how evil and the realization of the truth can truly show society the cruel nature of what they do. Without this realization society will become blind of their actions and negligent.
In Harper Lee’s historical fiction novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, two children live in a chaotic world of racial injustice and poverty. In this book, two siblings named Jem and Scout Finch grow and mature in a mysterious area of people battling and supporting racism. Throughout this book, Harper Lee uses symbolism to provide the view of racism. While doing this, she also uses selective choices of diction to shape the story. Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird with a purpose, to bring awareness to racial injustice through hidden symbols and diction.
In the text “to kill a Mockingbird” Áticas is the symbol of justice because he always does the right thing according to his morals and never lets anything otherwise be acceptable. E:Page 110 chapter 9: When Sout is starting to get into et with her cuz and he tells her “It ain 't your flat if uncle Atticus is a nigger lover” R:Sout did not understand what nigger lover meant but,she knew the tone in her cuz ands voice,though she later found its meaning she could tell it was offensive. Atticus knew sout would face things like this more often than other children because of the trill but,did so anyway.
Atticus shows this in the book when he is talking to his son Jem. “There’s a lot of ugly things in this world son, I wish I could keep em away from you but that's not possible,”(39). Atticus in this quoteis acting as the mockingbird because his instinct is to protect his children from
Although some people in this town believe that he should’ve been sent to jail and shot due to him being black. Regardless, no man or woman of any race or color, should be shot seventeen times in the back for a crime they didn’t even commit. This shouldn’t have ever happened and Tom Robinson did not deserve the kind of treatment that he was getting in court, and all the way to his death. On the day of Tom Robinson’s case, I was there sitting’ in a wooden chair watching on as the case went through.
Landon Bennett Mrs. Alfaro English 3 May 22, 2023 To Kill a Mockingbird In Harper Lee's timeless novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the character of Atticus Finch serves as a moral compass and a pillar of righteousness. Through his actions, words, and unwavering principles, Atticus demonstrates the qualities of a compassionate and just individual, whose beliefs are deeply rooted in fairness, equality, and respect for all individuals. Atticus's commitment to justice and equality is evident throughout the novel. He consistently upholds the belief that every person deserves to be treated fairly and without prejudice. Atticus imparts this wisdom to his children, Scout and Jem, when he tells them, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”.
Harper Lee’s purpose in describing Atticus the way he does in To Kill A Mockingbird is directly used to convey the theme in the story. As Atticus is described as being one who does not judge or think differently about people based on their race, gender, or religious beliefs it is used by the author to establish the theme of innocence. This comes as Atticus is just so kind to everyone around him, no matter their background, it even has Miss Maudie even talking about him as being just so consistent and holding no grudges and due to the author making Atticus be seen this way it shows off the theme of innocence as when Atticus will defend a black man in court and Scout gets picked on at school she does not understand why due to her innocence. She
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.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus is a lawyer in Maycomb Alabama. He Has two kids, Scout and Jem. His wife died when Scout was only two years old. Atticus is not only respected by his children but his community. Atticus teaches his kids valuable lessons throughout the story.
I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book is very heavily about racism and innocence. In this journal I will be evaluating on how Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are represented by the symbol of the mockingbird. In the novel, there are two people who are obviously symbolized by the mockingbird.
Alliteration- the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. “...Miss Rachel’s cook’s son" ( To Kill a Mockingbird 100). I think that Lee put this in, to show that Scout did not want to go to school at all. Personification- Giving human characteristics to nonhuman objects.
animals, or even humans, should not be killed for doing nothing. This also refers to Tom’s innocence. The second example of a mockingbird is Tom Robinson. He was killed after pleading guilty to alleged rape allegations. After his death, Mr. Underwood posted an editorial in the newspaper.