Thursday, 19 January 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird - Selected Symbols and Motifs

The Mockingbird:
- Symbolises innocence, childhood, imprisonment, justice, prejudice
- Representative of characters Tom Robinson, Boo Radley and Scout

Flower Symbolism
- Camellias represent prejudice that cannot be brushed off easily, they have to be tugged up by their roots
- Azaleas are down by Miss Maudie who always has a sunny character despite the bitterness and prejudice that surrounds her. Azaleas are known for growing in adverse conditions
- Geraniums - only flowers frown by Mayella Ewell and mainly symbolise her unfulfilled love which she tries to force upon Tom Robinson

Tim Johnson
- Represents the rampant racialism in the south
- Atticus shooting Tim Johnson sets himself up to be the 'hero' who will attempt to bring down racism
- The mob, injustice, anything Atticus has to fight
- Brown and white dog, further indicator to racial injustice

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