How do the pocket watch, drawing of a bird, crayon, harmonica, pearl necklace, marble, whistle and toys in To Kill a Mockingbird symbolize... ... the characters of Scout, Jem and Boo Radley?

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Although some of these items were left in the secret knothole as gifts for Jem and Scout by Boo Radley, several of them were not. Instead, they appeared in the background of the opening credits of the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird--meant, no doubt, as symbols of the time period. The pocket watch, for example, was "our biggest prize," according to Scout. Jem carried the watch proudly, even though it didn't run; it was a way of emulating Atticus, who also brandished a pocket watch. It also signifies the passage of time. The drawing of the bird (which was not a gift from Boo), symbolizes the title of the story, and the crayon illustrates a child's drawing tool. The harmonica, pearl necklace and whistle were not gifts from Boo, but they seem to represent possessions that a boy and girl might treasure. The soap dolls, probably carved by Boo himself, were representations of Jem and Scout.

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