A symbol in literature is an object that stands for a word, cause, belief, or another object. A metaphor is a figure of speech where a word of phrase is applied to something but it should not be taken literally. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, the mockingbird symbolizes innocence. The mockingbird is innocent, singing for people to hear its music. In the book Atticus says to Scout, “Remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” When Scout asked Miss Maudie about it, Miss Maudie tells her, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… but they sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Killing something so innocent would be a sin because it had never done anything to hurt you.
The mocking bird was important enough to be in the title of the book, giving it extra meaning and extra importance. The title To Kill a Mockingbird carries the same meaning that you should never harm something that is innocent even it is easy, and it carries throughout the story and into the trial. Although Tom Robinson was innocent but still got convicted, it shows that it was wrong to do so. In the trial, Tom Robinson would be the mockingbird and the jury would be the wielder of the gun.
The symbols that are used in literature can have a large impact on the story and what the reader pulls out from the story. If there was no symbol used in To Kill a Mockingbird, people would miss a lot of the story going on and they may not see the more innocent side of the story. Although symbols are used in many different forms, the one used in To Kill a Mockingbird made the story what it was. The mockingbird gave the story a whole different approach. By using a symbol in the story, the author was able to make their point without stating it straight out. When they do this, they allow you to make your own interpretation of what the story means and what the symbol does to the story and what kind of role it plays throughout the book.
Conflicts of To Kill a Mockingbird
There is always conflicts in literature. It is what makes them interesting. There are multiple forms of conflict in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. These forms of conflict include internal conflict, or a fight between you and your emotions, beliefs, or logic, and external conflict, like a fight between you and other people, society, or forms of nature.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many forms of external conflict. Many times, Scout had gotten in to multiple fights with people she goes to school with. There is also a lot of attention placed on the conflict that the Finches have with society. The Finches do not have an issue with different races. The rest of the town believes they are better than colored people and that they have a higher authority. They believe that colored people couldn’t be innocent and that they have no right to feel sorry for white people. The Finches, at least Atticus, Scout, and Jem, believe that colored people should have the same...