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What do Miss Maudie's azaleas symbolize in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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mcgreeski | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 21, 2010 at 10:14 AM via web

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What do Miss Maudie's azaleas symbolize in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 21, 2010 at 11:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Azaleas are a colorful flower that blooms in the spring in the South. Their bright colors announce the change in season. Azaleas are a symbol of spirit and determination, even rebirth. These flowers had to be protected from freezing to death in the unexpected snowfall. In a way, the flowers were symbolic of the children and their innocence that had to be protected from the harsh realities of life. These flowers require much love and care, as children do when growing up. To raise them to their full potential, the flower (and the children) require nurturing. When the flowers are destroyed in the fire, Miss Maudie determines to have a smaller house in order to raise more flowers, symbolic of her strength and determination.

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