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The Use Of The Mockingbird As A Symbol In "To Kill A Mockingbird"

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"Thomas Jefferson once said that all me are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us"(Lee 226)."Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 99). The blue jay is a common bird, known as bad bird. Their voice is very loud, territorial and aggressive. They are considered as the bullies of the bird world whereas the mockingbird does nothing else except mocking other birds' sounds and make beautiful music for people to hear. It does not disturb or harm any people around it. Lee Harper metaphorically use the symbol of mockingbird to develop the theme of discrimination and prejudice in the novel of To Kill A Mockingbird.Arthur Radley or Boo Radley is a mockingbird figure in this novel. He never did something wrong towards the people, but he only not going out from his house. In the novel, Jem, Scout and Dill never meet with Boo, but they have lots of imagination about Boo's appearance. They make all the assumptions based on the stories told by Miss Stephanie Crawford, their neighbour and potentially reliable source. The children believe that anything that comes from the Radley's soil is poisoned, including the nuts and fruits on the trees(quote). Jem yells at Scoutonce saying about the Radley property: 'Don't you know you're not supposed to even touch the house over there? You'll get killed if you do.';They do not understand Boo yet, so they make Boo's house is threatening. They also believe the story about Boo's attacks on his father is true without asking the person who may know about the story like Mr Heck Tate. When Jem, Scout and Dill play Boo Radley Game, this event significant because it shows the life of children based on rumors and fabrications. See how bad people think about him. He did nothing but just sit in his house and the people start talking bad about him. They eager to know Boo more as Boo is like trying to know about them. Boo is presumably put all the stuff in the tree holes and the kids just take it without put something back. They learn more about Boo Radley during Miss Maudie's house is on fire. Scout realized that there is someone putting a blanket on her shoulder when she and Jem looking to Miss Maudie's house. Jem quickly make his prediction by telling it is Boo who puts the blanket. He makes this assumption based on his experience where his pants stuck at the Radley's fence and he has to leave it to save himself. When he wants to go and get it in the midnight, he finds that the pant has been mended and it is put on the fence, like someone put it. Even though he never see who do that, he knows the person who does that is Boo. Because he is so sure about that, he dares to tell to Atticus about the incident that should be kept as secret because it will reveal his lie to Atticus.During a Halloween after the trial, Bob Ewell has attack Jem and Scout. During that time, there is a...

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