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What do the Camellias symbolize in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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funkymonkey4 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2010 at 7:42 PM via web

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What do the Camellias symbolize in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 4, 2011 at 5:27 AM (Answer #1)

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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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