Major Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Introduction To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in 1903. This novel is basically a coming of age story for a young girl named Scout and her older brother named Jem. Who grows up in a time where racism is normal. They soon learn to stand up for what is right, just like their dad, Atticus.
The Coexistence of Good and Evil
The most important theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is the Coexistence of good and evil. The novel approaches this theme in many ways throughout the book. An example is Mrs.Dubose in general. She was a rude old women who was hated by the neighbourhood for her attitude. “Neighbourhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived”(Lee 35). She never was
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Mr. Radley is a shy, kind man who has never harmed a soul is constantly misjudged by society. He is referred to as a mockingbird because of his innocence. His innocence is shown when he tries to become friends with scout and Jem by leaving them gifts. His innocents also comes out when he saves Jem and Scout from Bob ewell. Scout knows it would be a sin to bring him to trial for the death of Mr. Bob Ewell, because hurting Mr.Radley would be like “shootin’ a mockingbird”(Lee 276).
Mr.Robinson is a kind, honest, and hardworking man who has never hurt anyone in anyway, shape, or form. Tom Robinson is also referred to as a mockingbird also because of his innocence. Before he was accused of raping Mr. Ewell, He would help anyone with whatever they needed without asking for anything in return especially with Mr. Ewell chores. Ever since the trial begun the town assumes that he is guilty because of his skin color. Even after his death the town assumes that it's "typical of a African American to cut and run"(Lee 276).

The second symbol is the snow-on-the-mountain camellia flowers. The camellia is just one of the many examples of how symbolism is displayed in To Kill a Mockingbird. The snow-on-the-mountain camellia is a symbol of beauty and escape of happiness in the midst of the ugliness and sadness of a situation. through out chapter 11 mrs.dubose insultes He and Scout. So one day Jem decided to take scouts batons and destroy Mrs.Dubose camellias "until the ground
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