To Kill A Mocking Bird Theme

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To Kill a Mockingbird “‘Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro white. But this is the truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men’” (Lee 273). There are many themes in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. The themes in this book help the reader understand more about the life of Maycomb and what happens to the people in it. The specific themes that occur in To Kill a Mockingbird are poverty, racism, and domestic violence. These themes give a clear description on how life was in Maycomb and how the trial affected the community.

In To Kill a Mockingbird the theme racism is used throughout the
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Poverty is all throughout Maycomb, due to the Great Depression and affects the community. Two characters that show a vivid description of poverty are Walter Cunningham and Burris Ewell. The Cunninghams were very kind people that had respect towards others although they had a rough life. “‘The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back-- no church baskets and no scrip stamps. They never took anything off of anybody, they get along with what they have. They don’t have much, but they get along on it’” (Lee 26). This describes how it was to be a Cunningham and how they lived everyday. As for the Ewells, Atticus describes them as “poor white trash”, due to their bad behavior, drinking habits, and cleanliness. “‘It’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don’t know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit’” (Lee 41). The Cunninghams have a very good character, even though they live in poverty, while, the Ewells have a very poor character towards others and show no respect. These two characters are a good example to understand more about poverty and how it affects their
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