This extraordinary project we learned to better connect our selves with this story by going deeper into the symbols and relying on our thinking skills to think deeper. This projects purpose was to recognize the storys symbols. By doing this we can allow our selves to be taught the story thorugh a different perspective by the symbols and motifs. A motif is a symbol, song, idea, picture, or action that repeats itself and ties in with the major theme of the story.
Tim Johnson is one of the major motifs in this story. Tim is a mad dog in this story and creates a motif of bias in the town of Maycomb. Tim was very different from the other dogs, and i think that is a great symbol of the Town of Maycomb because they do not like different in their town. Tim was shot because he is different. He was shot one day by Atticu's. Tim and Tom Johnson are similar in many ways as it comes to being different and treated badly. Maycomb showed prejudice in both these situations with the dog and tom because they did not like the difference that they both brought to the town.
Morphodite is a symbol that creates motif of maturation. In the story Jem starts out as a young and reckless boy that still needs to learn a lot. When the Tom Robinson case comes around Jem realizes that society is not as good as he thought and his views of the world and people really changed. He realized that being a kid is not gonna last forever and he starts to change. He starts to push Scout away as he wants to do his own thing. Morphodite in To kill a mocking bird is a change of a boy to a man, or just really change in general.
The biggest symbol of motif in this novel is the mockingbird. Even the book is named after it. The mocking bird in this novel creates to action and the image of innocence. Tom Robinson was really innocent but the whites said that he was not because he was black. He got in trouble for trying to help a young lady but he never did any harm. Throughout the story Boo was trying to help Jem and Scout from sending them different things in the tree to saving their lives. If the public found out that Boo killed Bob Ewell it would have changed Boo's life. He would then have to come out of his house and socialize more which was something he was not use to doing and didn't like to do. Having him come out of his house and socialize with people would have been a sin since he did not want to do it and he was causing no harm in his house. Both of these two situations are motifs to the symbol of a mockingbird. It was a sin to kill a mocking bird because it did no harm, it only brought joy to people
Another symbol of motif in this novel that represents the different classes of Maycomb is the flowers. Each one is a class in the community. The geraniums come from Mayellas and symbolize the lower class. These flowers grow everywhere like weeds. The Ewells' are known as "weeds" of Maycomb. The azaleas represent the people who go against the normal class. People in Maycomb thinks of their church as their community. Ms. Maudie goes against the people at her church that say her flowers are sinful, she is very grateful for her flowers and cares for them. The last flowers are the camellias and they represented the people who had a drug addiction. Mrs. Dubose owned some very beautiful camellias. She was addicted to morphine but when she died their was not a drop of morphine in her system. She overcame the drugs just like her flowers overcame being destroyed by Jem. The flowers symbolized a great deal of class in Maycomb.
Knowing what motifs are and how they worked helped understand more parts in the story. Having them be repeated throughout the story made people think that their was something important with the symbol. These symbols could mean different things depending upon how you look at it. The author did an amazing job of creating these symbols which have a great meaning to them. Motifs help you realize the important symbols in which the author writes about.