What does Double Mint gum symbolize in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?What are the interesting facts and things about the Double Mint gum? What is its significance to the novel?

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I have never considered that the brand of the gum--Wrigley's Double Mint--found in the Radley tree had any special significance in To Kill a Mockingbird. Double Mint was one of the most popular flavors of gum at the time of the story (probably along with Wrigley's Juicy Fruit), and I would imagine that author Harper Lee simply used this very common brand as Boo's choice. I suppose she could have chosen the Double Mint name as a symbolic choice to be given to the two children, but I don't think it serves any significant purpose to the novel.

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