Theme Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

Decent Essays
Valentina Moreno
Mrs. Greenlee
English Honors III
01 June 2015
Independent Novel Project
To Kill A Mocking Bird
Knowledge Section
Significance of Title The title of the book is “To Kill a Mocking Bird” which is a bird that Atticus told Jem not to shoot at, and Ms. Maudie has described as the one type of bird that shouldn’t be killed because it sings beautifully (119). Also Atticus told Jem that it’s a sin to shoot a mockingbird, and so the title “To Kill A Mockingbird” means to kill innocence (119). There are several characters in the book that are often referred to be innocent. For example one innocent character that is hurt by evil is Jem, whose arm is broken by Bob Ewell. Other innocent characters are Tom Robinson, who Mr. Underwood compared Robinson’s death to a “senseless slaughter of songbirds…” on page 323, Boo Radley since on page 370 Scout tells Atticus that Boo would not have hurt anyone because thinking that he did is “like shootin’ a mockingbird,” and Dill who is abused by his new father on page 186.

Genre and Setting The genre of the story is historical fiction and the setting is the 1930’s southern America in a town called Maycomb, in Alabama. The story is narrated by Scout Finch, a young girl whose innocent heart has been exposed to the evils of southern United States in the 1930’s. This setting is vital to the plot of the summary because during that time was the great depression and racism was especially common in the south, where lynching rose from 8 in
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