There Are Many Themes That Are Woven Throughout To Kill

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There are many themes that are woven throughout To Kill a Mockingbird that apply in modern day. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel written by Harper Lee, is set during the 1930s in a racially prejudice town called Maycomb County. A kind, misunderstood, black man is accused of raping an abused white girl. Although it’s obvious that he did not do it, the white jury refuses to take a black man’s side over a white girl’s word. Through the innocent eyes of a girl named Scout, the theme of racial prejudice is developed throughout the novel. “People are not born equally or the same… what you do with your life when you are getting older will determine what you become” (Dare 130). In To Kill a Mockingbird, in addition to the main them of…show more content…
He defied the Maycomb community, in order to defend Tom. He understood that taking the case would place him in a constant state of ridicule and that no one would like him for believing in a black man 's word. Eventually, his sister criticizes him by telling him he was bringing disgrace to the family. “Atticus states, social justice will prevail in a system, ruled by white men convinced from childhood that ‘all Negros are basically immortal beings that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women...’” (Zaidman 2). To Atticus, standing up for his morals and ethics was more important than what people thought about him. He knows that he won’t win the case. Atticus 's strong sense of morality and justice motivates him to defend Tom Robinson with determination, and giving it all that he has got. He shows this when he says, "Simply because we were liked a hundred years before we started, this is no reason for us not to try and win." He wants the people of Maycomb to hear the truth and understand the reality about Tom, "That boy may go to the chair, but he 's not going till the truth 's told." (To Kill a Mockingbird chapter 15, Page 146). To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel that deals with very complex themes like racism, courage, and maturity. I think that Jem, the son of Atticus, developes the most maturity throughout the novel. A sign that Jem is beginning to mature is when he and his friend act immaturely by entering the Radley’s
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