To Kill a Mockingbird. Symbolism. Learning Intentions. To be aware of symbolism and understand its meaning To be able to recognise its use and effect in the novel To be able to demonstrate this awareness in a critical essay. Symbolism - Definition.
Mockingbirds first appear when Jem and Scout are learning how to use their shiny new air rifles. Atticus won’t teach them how to shoot, but he does give them one rule to follow:“Atticus said to Jem one day, "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.“”
“That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.”“"Your father's right," she said. "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's a sin to kill a mockingbird.“”
“the senseless slaughter of songbirds,”
And we will find out at the end of the book Scout understands that hurting Boo Radley would be like:
“shootin’ a mockingbird.”
Why is the Oak Tree particularly significant in the novel?
We will see how what the Oak Tree represents changes at the end of the novel.The Oak Tree
What did this symbolise?Sun at noon
Lee uses subtle symbolism throughout the novel to invest the text with greater meaning and to highlight the main themes...