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To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

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In my to Kill A Mocking Bird book cover I have added the following themes and elements to my book cover: a tree with a knothole, roots of the tree, six geraniums, a snowman, fire, a mocking bird. On the book’s back cover i have added: the element of black and white, scales and a man with his fist up on top of the scales.
A tree with a knothole and its roots
The tree with the knothole is Boo Radley’s attempt to form a friendship with the children, he places gifts in the knothole for the children to find. Boo Radley had been robbed of his childhood, so he watches over the children, watching them have the childhood and freedom he had never had. It is Boo Radley’s way to contact everyday ...view middle of the document...

Mayella is begging for love by doing things considered by society unspeakable like, kissing a negro. These geraniums represent her love, how she wants some sort of normality in her life, how she is just like every other teenage girl her age. They represent Mayella’s desire for a better life; beauty in the mist of decay.

A snowman
The snowman comes from the part of the book where Jem and Scout decide to build a snow man but, do not have enough snow to make an entire snowman out of snow, so Jem creates a base out of dirt and then covers it in snow. It shows that white and black people are the same. Atticus comes home and approves Jem's idea, saying that he never has to worry about him again because Jem will always have an idea. The fire represents the part of the book were Mrs. Maudie's house burns down and the whole town unites before the it is splintered by the trial. It also, symbolises when the snow melts and the mud is the only thing remaining. Saying that the white and black people are not the same. Which represents the racist people of Maycomb and the jury Tom Robinson is convicted by who believe that the ‘Whites are more superior than the Negros and that the whites are always right and the blacks are always wrong’. Which Atticus tries to disprove this theory by defending Tom Robinsons case and proving his innocence.

mockingbird
The mockingbird represents innocence ergo the saying ‘it is a sin to kill a mocking bird” meaning that it is a sin to kill some ones innocence. Throughout the book, a number of characters such as Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond are identified as mockingbirds there innocence had been injured or destroyed through contact with evil content and desire of others. After Tom Robinson is shot, Mr. Underwood compares his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbird”. At the end of the book Scout thinks that hurting Boo Radley would be like “shootin’ a mockingbird.” .Most important, Miss Maudie explains to Scout: “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but . . . sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Jem and Scouts last name is Finch, which is a type of small and innocent bird indicating that they are more vulnerable about the racism in Maycomb, which destroys their innocence.
The Element of black and white
The element of black and white represents the three ‘groups’ in Maycomb the ‘white trash’, ‘whites’ and ‘blacks’. The element of black and white represents how the two ‘white’ groups segregated themselves from the ‘blacks’. During the depression era. ‘blacks’ were highly segregated from the ‘whites’, they were not permitted to commingle with ‘white’ in public settings, as demonstrated in the court house where there was physical separation of races. During the course of the book Scout explores the differences between the ‘blacks’ and ‘whites’, She attends church with Calpurnia, and enjoys the...

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