To Kill A Mockingbird Symbol Of InnocencePresentation Transcript
To Kill a Mockingbird Symbolism of Innocence
One of the most profound pure symbols of race relations in the novel revolves around Jem and Scout's snowman.
Since Alabama winters don’t produce enough snow to allow them to build a snowman entirely out of snow, Jem makes a foundation out of mud, covering it with the snow the children could scrape together.
More likely, this act is symbolic of a blending of the “clean” snow and the “dirty” mud, both of which are natural substances, showing how similar humans are.
The substance created by the mixing is different than, although not necessarily better or worse than, either mud or snow.
Atticus approves of his son’s ingenuity as he says, “I didn't know how you were going to do it, but from now on I'll never worry about what'll become of you, son, you'll always have an idea."
It is the idea, after all, the act of thinking, that separates intelligence from prejudice.
The snowman changes yet again as Miss Maudie Atkinson's house burns to the ground, melting the snow and leaving nothing but a clump of mud.
Is Lee reflecting the townspeople’s view that blacks and whites are indeed not the same, or is she evoking the old adage, “United we stand, divided we fall?”
At least the snowman had a short life as a mixed “creature,” enjoying the best of both worlds.
In a sense, the snowman is like a mixed race child who inherits the good qualities of his white and black parent, but who is scorned by a society that blames him for his parents’ choices.
Atticus said to Jem “I’d rather you shot at tin-cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
Miss Maudie’s Symbolism
Miss Maudie said to Scout “Your father’s right , Mocking birds 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.”
Mr. Underwood’s Symbolism
Mr. Underwood wrote in his editorial that Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children, and Maycomb thought he was trying to write an editorial poetical enough to be reprinted in The Montgomery Advertiser.
He also felt that it was also a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping. Therefore showing were he stands on Tom’s shooting.
Explaining of Symbolism
Atticus said that Jem could shoot all the cans he wanted to, but not to ever shoot a Mockingbird. It is connected to Tom because all Tom does is help people the best way he knows how.
Another thing was that the bird and Tom didn’t hurt anyone, so there was and or is no reason that they should be shot.
Atticus most likely also wanted to explain to Jem the importance of not shooting that bird because he didn’t want him to turn out like one of the people from the jury.
Explaining Some More
In the symbolism that Miss Maudie uses she was just saying that they sang their hearts out for us and we shouldn’t kill them.
This is connected to Tom because all he does is work his heart out, and what does he get in return? Nothing! At least nothing but trouble and grief.
Scout said “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it.”
She was referring to Arthur Radley (Boo), being revealed as a hero, would be like shootin’ a mockingbird. It would because Boo couldn’t handle the fame and the popularity of being a hero.
The mockingbird represents Boo Radley because if people acknowledged the fact that he saved the kids, it would be like killing a mockingbird.
Boo Radley resembles a mockingbird because he is innocent from what people think of him. He is not the bad, mean, squirrel-eating guy that the town thinks of him as. He is kind, and he actually saves Jem and Scout from being killed by Bob Ewell.
Tom Robinson is a mockingbird because of his willingness to help others like Mayella Ewell out of the kindness of his heart.
The mockingbird represents Tom Robinson, because he is innocent.
The Real Mockingbird
This is a picture of a Mockingbird.
This bird eats mostly insects and fruits. Mockingbirds prefer to live in shrubby urban areas, city parks, farmlands, and residential areas.
Most Mockingbirds have brown bodies, with white under their wings.
The Mockingbird is a common songbird that is found across North America. It is the state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. It lives in a variety of habitats, including farmlands, roadsides, thickets, and towns. Song : The Mockingbird has a variety of calls. It mimics many other birds' calls, and can sing for hours. Its scientific name, Mimus polyglottos , means "Mimic of many tongues."
The song of the mockingbird is, in fact, a medley of the calls of many other birds. Each imitation is repeated two or three times, then another song is started, all in rapid succession. In the above sample audio file, the songs of four distinct species were recorded in the span of about seven seconds. It is common for an individual bird to have as many as 25-30 songs in its repertory.
… the Mockingbird
Anatomy : The Mockingbird is from 9 to 11 inches (23 - 28 cm) long. It has a slim body, a long bill and a relatively long tail (up to 6 inches = 15 cm long). The wing span is 13 to 15 inches (33-38 cm). It weighs from 1 to 2 ounces (28-56 grams).
The Mockingbird is mostly gray, with large white patches on the wings and tail. Males and females are similar in appearance. The juvenile has a spotted breast.
Sound beneath the Soil
When a mockingbird tilts its head
To the tiny flower bed
Does he hear the little sound
Of a worm below the ground?
Hush, little baby, don't say a word, Daddy's going to buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don't sing, Daddy's going to buy you a diamond ring. And if that diamond ring turns brass, Daddy's going to buy you a looking glass. And if that looking glass gets broke, Daddy's going to buy you a Billy goat.
And if that Billy goat won't pull, Daddy's going to buy you a cart and bull. And if that cart and bull roll over, Daddy's going to buy you a doggy named Rover. And if that doggy named Rover won't bark, Daddy's going to buy you a horse and cart. And if that horse and cart fall down, You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town .