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TKAM Notes. symbols, themes, & motifs. Bird Symbolism. Bluejays: “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Bluejays as bullies of the bird world Mockingbirds:

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tkam notes

TKAM Notes

symbols, themes, & motifs

bird symbolism
Bird Symbolism
  • Bluejays:
  • “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  • Bluejays as bullies of the bird world
  • Mockingbirds:
  • “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  • Who is the “mockingbird” in this novel?
  • Finches:
  • Trusting
  • Come readily to feeders.
  • Breed in close association with people
  • Robins:
  • Very similar to mockingbirds, known for their song.
  • One of the most common birds in America…
name symbolism
Name Symbolism
  • Arthur “Boo” Radley
  • Boo = fear
  • Arthur = “bear”
  • Radley =“from the fields” or “meadow”
  • Dolphus Raymond
  • Dolphus = “majestic wolf”
  • Raymond = “protecting hands’
name symbolism cont
Name Symbolism Cont.
  • Atticus:
  • Roman aristocrat
  • Jeremy:
  • Hebrew, “appointed by god”
  • Jem / gem…
  • Jean Louise Finch:
  • Jean = “gift from god”
  • Louise = “fame in war”
  • Scout: literal definition
  • Alexandra: “man’s defender”
name symbolism cont5
Name Symbolism Cont.
  • Charles “Dill” Baker Harris
  • Charles = “free man”
  • Harris: “son of Harry” & Harry = “army ruler”
  • Walter Cunningham:
  • Walter = “ruler/leader”
  • Bob:
  • Literal definition
  • Robert = “fame & glory”
  • Mayella:
  • From Maia = Greek goddess
  • Ella = torch, bright, light
names cont
Names cont.
  • Maudie = “powerful battler”
  • Tennyson poem: Come to the Garden Maud…Oh! That ‘twere possible
    • Closing stanza:
      • Let it flame or fade, and the war roll down like a wind/We have proved we have hearts in a cause, we are noble still,/Any myself have awaked, as it seems, to the better mind;/It is better to fight for the good than to rail at the ill;/I have felt with my native land, I am one with my kind/I embrace the purpose of God, and the doom assign’d
symbols
Symbols
  • Tom Robinson
    • Withered arm as crippled powerlessness of black community
    • archetype
  • Watches
    • Stopped time
  • Innocence lost
    • “tree of knowledge”