To Kill a Mockingbird Themes

To Kill a Mockingbird Themes
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The classic story of To Kill a Mockingbird has touched generations since it was written in the late 1950s. Set during the great depression, in Maycomb, Alabama, the story centers around the Finch family. Atticus, the father, a prominent lawyer, takes a case defending an innocent black man. Although Atticus clearly proves his client is innocent, the all-white jury still convicts the defendant.

To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Themes TKAM themes

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  • Moral Educaton
  • EVIL: After Tom Robinson is arrested, the town mobs the jail. They assume he is guilty, and want to take action, demonstrating their racism.
  • A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  • Go sit! You shouldn't know how to read.
  • I am sorry for my crime Miss.
  • GOOD: When Miss. Maudie's house catches fire, the town rallies to help her, showing the good in people, and their willingness to help.
  • Atticus, why doesn't Boo Radley come out of his house?
  • GOOD/EVIL: Boo Radley is initially viewed by the children as a terrible person. They often taunted, and told stories about him. However, Boo proves to be good though his actions, helping Scout and Jem learn a lesson.
  • When Scout first enters school, her teacher belittles her for her advanced reading and writing skills. Her teacher says that Scout's father is not a teacher, and tells her to sit down. ​
  • One day, Atticus tells Scout, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." Scout values her father's​ advice, and thinks about this deeply.
  • Perhaps the most important lesson learned was about not harming Mockingbirds; "They don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." The mockingbird is also symbolic of Tom Robinson.

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