What do the Camellias symbolize in To Kill a Mockingbird?
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The camellias symbolize understanding. Atticus says that Mrs. Dubose is the bravest person he knows, because she battles her illness daily. When she gives Jem the flower, she is passing that bravery on to him. His attacking the flowers was a learning opportunity for him, because he did not understand Mrs. Dubose’s behavior. He had to learn that things are not always what they seem, and you should not judge people. Sometimes you will learn things about others than change your perspective on them, and you will develop understanding.
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