Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

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Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Major Themes
• Standards of behavior
• Morals/values
• Racism

Important Symbols
• Mockingbirds (Innocence/ morals and values)– The book depicts mockingbirds as innocent creatures that shouldn’t be harmed since they did nothing to harm others. While practicing with their rifles, Atticus tells Jem and Scout that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. The mockingbirds share a connection with Tom Robinson since they are both innocent and don’t deserve to be harmed. However, due to the racist attitudes of southern American citizens in the 1930s, he was killed. Similar to killing a mockingbird, only evil came from it. It prevented nothing bad and presented nothing good, it only served to shake Maycomb citizens’ faith in justice. (Jem and Atticus especially)
• Radley Place (Standards of behavior and society) – Scout’s fascination of the Radley Place stems from the fact that it doesn’t follow the norm of other houses in Maycomb. Its divergence from the customs of the county inspire curiosity within Scout, especially with Boo Radley, the inhabitant of the house. The Radley Place seems to be an object of familiarity yet mystery. It’s always been there, but no one really knows what happens within its grounds. Maycomb is portrayed as a great place to live, free of most of the troubles of other places within Alabama and the South in general. If it’s a good place, what could be the reason why someone would want to be isolated? Could it be the
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