Why do you think Lee has Scout and Jem hear a mockingbird on their way to the school auditorium?

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As was mentioned in the previous post, mockingbirds symbolize innocent beings throughout the novel. In Chapter 28, Jem and Scout walk by themselves to the Maycomb Halloween festival. As they pass the Radley Place, they hear the sound of a mockingbird, which is interrupted by the cry of a bluejay. This is a significant motif that Harper Lee incorporates into the children's "longest journey." Jem and Scout could both be considered symbolic mockingbirds, given that they are innocent children, who cause no harm to anybody. Interestingly, Jem and Scout's...

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