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TKAM

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  • The knot hole in the Radley Tree
  • The tree with the knot hole is a motif. In TKAM, Boo Radley places items in the knot hole to say something. He is not able to talk verbally to these children, so he gives them these items. One of the items that Boo puts in the knot hole are wooden statues of Jem and Scout. He is saying to them that he knows they are there. Boo knows that they are taking the things out of the knot hole, and that they are trying to talk to him and see him. Boo does not want to be a part of the social life in Maycomb county, so he finds another way to communicate with the ones who don't judge him, don't give up on him, and are not afraid of him.
  • Walking in someone else's shoes
  • Walking in someone else's shoes is a motif. This motif is used in TKAM to describe to Scout what it's like to imagine what someone else is going through. Scout did not understand why Boo Radley did not want to come out of his house. She had to imagine herself in his shoes in order to understand. Boo had the scariest and worst reputation in town. Why would he want to come into the society of Maycomb when he already knows what everyone thinks of him. Boo Radley was content viewing the town from the inside of his house, and in the middle of the night. Boo had gone through so much. he did not want to be bothered. Scout did not realize this until the end of the book.
  • Th Mocking bird
  • The Mocking bird in the story is a motif. The mocking bird is innocent. It is a sin to kill one since all they do is produce beautiful songs and fly among the skies. In TKAM, Boo Radley is the Mocking bird. Boo Radley saved the children from Bob Ewell. Boo ended up killing Mr. Ewell while doing this. The sheriff is saying that Bob Ewell fell on hisknife because he tripped while being drunk. Sheriff Heck Tate was protecting Boo Radley because he did nothing wrong. He was protecting Jem and Scout. It would be like killing a Mocking bird if the sheriff turned in Boo Radley because he does no harm. In TKAM, the mocking bird is relating to Boo Radley.
  • Atticus' pocket watch
  • In TKAM, Atticus' pocket watch was a symbol. The pocket watch was given to Atticus by his wife that passed. Jem was to have the pocket watch passed down to him as an heirloom that will be kept in the family. Atticus tells Scout in the story that a pocket watch is always handed down to the son, and the mothers greatest possessions are given to the daughter. The pocket watch is a symbol of love that is passed down from generation to generation.
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