In To Kill a Mockingbird, explain the significance of the snowman scene.  And why did the author include it? 

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    The snowman scene in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, works on several different levels. It is a comedic episode that shows the humorous sides of Atticus and Miss Maudie. It is a memorable moment for Jem and Scout, who see snow for the first time and build their first snowman. It helps to add to the character of Mr. Avery, who has previously blamed the kids for the cold weather, prompting them to initially model the snowman after him. It is a happy moment that sets the stage for the tragic events to follow later that night. (Avery even makes amends by being the last man to leave Maudie's burning house after risking his life to save her belongings from the fire.) Comically, the "morphodite" snowperson serves as an asexual cross between Avery and Maudie. Symbolically, the black mud that makes up the center and is then covered by white snow on the outside illustrates one of the novel's themes that all people--black or white--are the same on the inside. Ironically, the unexpected snow shows how sudden change comes even to the enduring town of Maycomb.

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