In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, many themes are shown. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the book takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama with Scout, Atticus, and Jem. Atticus is the father of the two children. When a white woman makes a black man go to court for rape, Atticus becomes the lawyer of the man being accused. 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.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused.
He teaches them what’s right and good, and when they get guns to shoot with he tells Jem that he can shoot as many bluejays he wants, but to remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. This refers to the title of the novel. Jem, Atticus daughter and narrator, wonders why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird and asks Miss Maudie, their neighbour, about her father’s statement. She explains to her that a mockingbird does not bother anyone. They don’t eat crops, build nests in the trees, they simply just sing “their hearts out”.
The first historical influence on To Kill a Mockingbird is the Jim Crow laws. The laws were unfair and discriminatory. “Jim Crow laws were an official effort to keep African Americans separate from Whites in the southern United States for many years” (“Jim Crow laws”). “A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal”(Pilgrim). Many people in this region thought they had good reason for the laws including the belief that.
To kill a mockingbird portrays scout's growing awareness of the hypocrisy and prejudice of the adult world. In “To Kill A MockingBird” Harper Lee expresses the importance of education
Due to the book being around the subject of race, it is easy to recognize that the mockingbird is some type of reference to the subject. Readers learn this by hearing a conversation with Miss Maudie and Atticus saying, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us.
The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of Jean Louis Finch, nicknamed Scout. She lives in a small town called Maycomb county. The book is based in the 1930s showing us an inside look of what life looked like back then. The book focuses in the stories of Arthur Radley and Tom Robinson, and how they are a major part in her childhood. The book To Kill a Mockingbird portrays Scout as more intellectually developed than most young kids, but she is way too young to fully comprehend the severity of things, and this shows us that kids unconsciously follow the ‘rules’ that society has placed unless taught otherwise.
There are very few people in the world who could be considered mockingbirds. Mockingbirds are people who would protect someone, that they have grown to care about, no matter the risk to themselves. People who try harder, but still stop to help someone cross the street or carry something for them are people who are kind at heart but don’t have the overwhelming passion that a mockingbird has. Knowing one mockingbird, you would be considered lucky, but to know more than one would be a miracle because people just aren’t as kind as they used to be. When someone is trying to help other people, even if they are a mockingbird, they can be found doing something they shouldn’t; just because they are trying to help.