Tone: In To Kill a Mockingbird the tone can vary throughout going from innocent to dark, but keeping an overlying theme of hope and promise for a better future.
Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930's (Middle of Great Depression) "Maycomb was an old town but it was a tired old town when I first knew it."
Message: This book speaks against prejudice and glorifies the idea of equal rights and the treatment of every human with dignity.
Relation to today: Prejudice is still relevant in our world today. The book enforces the idea of not judging a book by its cover, or a person by their skin. Prejudice among races has been apart of our culture almost forever and has continued through generations.
"The Handful of this town who say fair play is not marked white only, the handful of people who say fair trial is for everybody."
Takeaways: 1) Look at things in the perspective of others 2) Courage is as much mental as physical 3) Follow your own morals regardless of the status quo in your community 4) People are not always as they seem