To Kill a Mockingbird Symbolism

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  • Jem and Scout Finch find gum, pennies, a pocketwatch, and soap dolls inside the tree.
  • These objects begin to suggest that Boo Radley isn't so monstrous.
  • Whilst slipping under the Radley Place fence, Jem tears and loses his pants. He returns and finds them stitched up laying across the fence.
  • This fortifies the idea of Boo Radley being a nice, normal man.
  • While Ms. Maudie's house is burning down, Boo Radley covers Scout up with a blanket.
  • Now we know Boo Radley is a kind person, not the beast that earlier chapters make him out to be.
  • After giving them air rifles, Atticus tells Jem and Scout Finch "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird." The kids had never heard Atticus say that something was a sin before.
  • Mockingbirds are innocent, as all they do is make music. Characters in the book (ex. Boo, Atticus, Tom Robinson) can be compared to mockingbirds due to their innocence.
  • Atticus saves the day by shooting a sick dog on the edge of town. This is the first time the kids are made aware of their father being "Ol' One Shot".
  • Atticus' kids now view him in a whole new light after this experience. We know he is very capable of defending his kids from evils in the world.
  • Camellias have very deep roots. Camellias are the state flower of Alabama. You can connect this to Ms. Dubose saying that they must be cut at the roots. This demonstrates Jem's growing maturity.
  • After painfully reading to Ms. Dubose for a month, Jem receives a white Snow-On-The-Mountain camellia from her after her death.
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