Literature Analysis: "To Kill a Mockingbird" Book Review by BK

Literature Analysis: "To Kill a Mockingbird"
A discussion of how Harper Lee uses symbolism in her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" to show how socially unjust society can be to the innocent.
# 113766 | 897 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on May 08, 2009 in Literature (American)

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This paper discusses the symbolism of the title of Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." The writer shows that there are many "mockingbirds" represented throughout this novel and numerous injustices against them. The writer examines several of Harper Lee's characters and demonstrates that they are all mockingbirds, who are either killing other mockingbirds or being brought down or killed by society.

From the Paper:

"Like Atticus, Mayella Euwell is a very controversial symbol in this story. She is a mockingbird yet she kills another mockingbird. By jeopardizing someone else's innocence, one is being very unjust. Some would debate that she is more like a mockingbird's predator, yet it can be seen both ways. She wasn't the enemy in this situation; she is an innocent woman, pressured by her father to do the wrong thing. Her lying saved her father from the law and she from a beating. Mayella definitely is a victim and her father is certainly the predator."

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