To Kill a Mockingbird

discuss how the characters and the use of symbols reinforce the theme of innocence and the destruction of innocence.

In the novel To kill a mockingbird the attitudes, treatment, and personalities of the characters work to express the novel’s major themes. At the same time certain objects in the novel also take on symbolic value which also serves to support the novel’s themes. In an essay of no more than 600 – 800 words

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I can't write your essay for you but I can point you in the right direction. One of the biggest themes in the novel is innocents destroyed by evil. Consider:

The mockingbird itself, a bird that only wants to sing is referenced a few times. Miss Maudie tells Scout that “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but . . . sing their hearts out for us". The simple and kind Tom Robinson is an example of a mockingbird struck down by ignorance and evil.

Boo Radley is a smart child ruined by cruel father. Society continues to stigmatise him including the kids in the neighbourhood.

Many of the items/gifts left in the tree near the Radley place.

-little carved figures of Scout and Jem are one of the more literal symbols of friendship that Boo leaves.

I hope that helps a little.