Symbolism TKAM


How can I tell whether or not something is a symbol in literature?  I have to write an essay on symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird, and I’m having trouble figuring out what objects are symbols and what aren’t.


Keep in mind that symbols aren’t always necessarily objects, they can be events, people, or places, too.  Throughout your reading, take notes on specific objects, events, themes, ideas, etc. that are mentioned throughout the novel.  The title – To Kill a Mockingbird – is actually symbolic of characters’ innocence (symbol: the mockingbird) being killed.  Boo Radley can also be considered symbolic of Jem and Scout’s increasing maturity.

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