Themes from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
These are the themes and their explanations from TKAM. This is really good stuff. Study it and your basically good for TKAM.
Terms in this set (18)
Prejudice & Racism
We see this with Tom Robinson's case and the way the Ewell's treat African Americans.
Scout and Jem are taught important life lessons by Atticus, Mrs. Maudie, Calpurnia and other influential characters throughout the story. During the book, Scout and Jem think about the things these characters have said to them alot.
Fascination with Boo Radley
Boo acts as a fairytale like the
Narrator Tells Story in Flashback
TKAM is narrated by Scout years after the events happened. Perhaps she is in her early or mid twenties...
Education (Scout Starts School)
This is an important landmark in everyone's life. But in the book, critisism is shown for the educational system.
TOP: Aunt Alexandra, the Finches, the Attkinsons, Miss Caroline... UPPER MIDDLE: Cunninghams... LOWER MIDDLE: Ewells... BOTTOM: Everyone who is black...
Good vs. Evil
Racism, always doing the right thing...
According to Miss Maudie, it can be bad in ways. People use it for an excuse to justify bad things they are doing. We see this in the world even today.
Some people are like mockingbirds. They don't do anything but sing for us, but some people still shoot them. In other words, all they do is good, but people still will hate them. Examples: Boo Radley, Tom Robbinson...
Theme of Bravery/Courage
Mrs. Dubose forced herself to become un-addicted to morphine [a pain killer] before she died.
As Scout and especially Jem mature, they begin to distance. They don't do everything together anymore and they fight alot.
Walking in Someone Else's Shoes/Skin
Atticus suggests that Scout walk in walter cunningham's skin in the beginning of the book. Later on, during the lynch mob, Scout unconsciously causes Mr. Cunningham to walk in Atticus's shoes and that saves both Tom and Atticus's lives.
Every family in town knows every family in town and everything about them. Aunt Alexandra finds this status important and encourages Scout to become more feminine and more interested in upholding the Finch status. She wants Jem and Scout to be interested in the Finch history.
Atticus's Relationship with the Town
Highly respected by everyone. He is the Maycomb rep for law. He's not prejudice at all. He is very wise and give's good truthful advice.
Maycomb [It's Role in the Novel]
Very "small town". It is the prime setting for the show of prejudice and this kind of trial.
Guardian Angel though no one knows it.
Atticus's Parenting Style
Truthful, Professional and formal. This is partly do to their not having a mother. Because of this professional relationship, the kids call their father Atticus instead of Dad.
It is the "big event". It leads to a change in every citizen's life.
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