Themes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Writer Oscar Wilde once said “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” Novels are often prime examples of life imitating art, in many novels a reader can draw a parallel between the novel and their lives. This comparison becomes even more astounding when themes found in everyday life and modern culture can be found in novels written over 60 years ago. A prime example of this is in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. The novel tells the story of Jem and Scout Finch two children who are forced to grow up and face the harsh realities of the world when their dad is chosen to represent a man in one of the biggest cases their small town of Maycomb, Alabama has ever seen. The themes present in To Kill A Mockingbird were relevant when the novel was written and are still relevant today. Themes such as Prejudice, Love and coming of age are present in To Kill A Mockingbird and can still be found today through other novels or just simply through other people's experiences.
The first theme that parallels can be drawn from is prejudice. Prejudice against minorities plays a big part in To Kill A Mockingbird, as it is the reason for the outcome of Tom Robinson’s trial and the mistreatment of many African Americans in the novel. Due to the town's prejudice, Tom Robinson was found guilty for a crime he didn’t commit and it ultimately cost him his life. Prejudice also caused many African Americans to be treated as secondary citizens. They were often verbally abused by people like

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