This town has a sickness, it’s racism, and when the city found out, Atticus is partaking in a black man’s case the whole family gets made fun of and people yell at them. In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird many themes run throughout this book, but there are only a few themes that stand out. Racism, maturity, and justice. These are the central themes shown almost everywhere in To Kill A Mockingbird. One tremendous theme in To Kill A Mockingbird is racism.
In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has many themes but none more evident than the losses and suffering of innocent people. For example, Mayella Ewell expiriences this theme as she is forced by her father to go along with the false accusation of rape comitted by Tom Robinson. As stated by Atticus Finch it wasn’t Tom but Mayella who committed this, "She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man.” (271). Mayella jumped on Tom and Tom couldn’t defend himself because he could hurt her.
Harper Lee does an amazing job at creating astoundingly clever characters with mind churning themes in 376 pages leaving anyone who sets their eyes on them in awe. The issues presented in To Kill A Mockingbird were extremely difficult to discuss in 1960 when the book was first published and still are today. This is what makes Harper Lee such an amazing writer; she decided to talk about an issue in a different dimension (which at that time seemed absurd). This is what makes this such a timeless piece of literature the world Harper Lee was able to go to make readers really connect with the characters and lessons. For example, in the book Atticus Scout and Boo a celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird celebrated author Lee Smith states, “ So To Kill A
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee not only includes progressive ideas, she also emphasizes standing up for what you believe in and using words as a force for change, rather than violence. Lee uses the character of Atticus to teach morals to the reader through Atticus’s instruction to Jem and
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme to think for yourself through diction, imagery, and symbolism. In the first place, Harper Lee uses diction to develop the theme to think for yourself. For example in this quote it said, “ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (372). This shows how diction in this quote makes it more powerful by describing how Boo Radley sounded through Harper Lee’s choice in words. Also another quote with good diction is, “we never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing and it made me sad” (373).
Although the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, took place in the 1930s, it ties closely into the Civil Rights Movement. This novel displayed the obvious superiority whites had over blacks. It took place during a time when colored people faced discrimination, prejudice, and racism. When the book was published in the 1960s, it made whites furious, resulting in a lot of controversy. Harper Lee had a goal when writing, she wanted to show the relation between actual events that happened during the civil rights and incorporate it into her own novel to show how cruel colored people were treated, specifically when whites accused blacks of doing sinful acts.
Martin Luther King Jr exclaimed, “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, she uses the character of Scout as a narrator, to express the story of her father, Atticus Finch, who defended Tom Robinson in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. During the course of the book, Scout and Jem, Scout’s brother, learn crucial lessons from her dad, such as understanding people’s point of view and innocence. Even though separation according to race is encountered in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee argues that race also shapes people’s language, their social relationships and social status, including their behavior between themselves. She wants to demonstrate that race also affects conduct between people. Harper Lee has depicted the separation between Caucasians and African-Americans in To Kill a Mockingbird by showcasing how White talk and African-American talk influences conduct between people of different races.
lthough the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee contains inflammatory content, it should still remain in schools because it teaches the dangers of racism and hatred. The use of racist language throughout the novel conveys reasons for its wrongful removal. African Americans are frequently, almost always degraded and objectified throughout the use of derogatory terms in the novel. When discussing the details of Tom Robinson's "crimes," the barely literate and ignorant Bob Ewell remarks "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" (Lee 323).
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” This is a quote from Atticus Finch, a courageous and wise character from Harper Lee 's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. The story is told through the perspective of a young girl, Jean Louise ¨Scout¨ Finch. She lives with her older brother, Jeremy, and widowed father and prominent lawyer, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama during the time of the Great Depression. Throughout the novel, the children experience the injustice and prejudice of society through a tough case that their father was appointed to and are taught to respect and tolerate all people, despite their differences. To Kill A Mockingbird is influential in American culture through its portrayal of themes of prejudice, racism and innocence.
Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, takes place during the 1930s in Maycomb, Alabama and is loosely based off of this trial and her life. She uses symbolism- a meaning attached to objects and people- to show that racism does exist during the 1930s and is still relevant today. In her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the symbolic significances of the Snowman, Fire, and the White Camellia to expose the ugly existence of white supremacy in the South during the Great Depression. First and foremost, Lee uses the creation of