Themes Found in Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird
James P. Krehbiel once said “Inevitably, if we are to grow and change as adults, we must gradually learn to confront the challenges, paradoxes, problems and painful reality of an insecure world.” In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper lee sends many messages to the reader. Set in a fictitious town in Alabama in the 1930’s, one obvious theme is racism. However, while racism was the most obvious theme, it wasn’t the only one; other themes included innocence, understanding and growing up. Harper Lee also suggests how a person should react to problems around them. She shows us this through her character Jean Louise Finch, otherwise known as Scout, one of the main characters and narrator. Scout faces many problems growing up because of her father’s occupation as a lawyer and his doing his best to defend a black man in court. Scout shows us her questioning when she talks about Hitler, when she reads Mr. Underwood's article about the trail, and she show us her growth in the final pages of the book when she isn’t scared by the grey ghost. Harper Lee believes that we should face our problems by questioning them and acknowledging their existence; and that if a person questions and learns from the problems around them they will gain maturity and knowledge not teachable in schools.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout reacts positively to problems and bad situation many times. An important early example of facing problems is when she declined
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