Themes In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird?

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Harper Lees “To Kill A Mockingbird” is an American novel that not only has sold more than 30 Million copies in 40 different languages, but has also been made a requirement for students to read between 50 to 70 percent of the Education System of the United States (DiPiero,2010). However, more importantly than the numbers are the life lessons and experiences that have touched the heart of millions and the sense of nostalgia that each reader has in reading this novel. The novel takes place during the 1930s in the rural town of Maycomb, Alabama located in the deep south where the core of the story is seen through the innocent eyes of a 6 year old by the Name of Scout Finch who is learning about life and growing up and how the world is not what …show more content…
Lee incorporates many important themes in this novel pertaining to life and growing up by the use of the literary tools of plot, symbolism, and point of view. Lee attains the great theme(s) of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, how the world is unfair, through the use of the three literary tools. The plot (or arrangement of events) throughout the novel helps its readers reflect on a personal experience or see a cause and effect relationship and see how it ties into many of the themes that Lee wants his readers to gain from this novel. In the beginning of the novel, the main character (Scout Finch along with her brother Jem Finch and their summertime play pal Dill) comes in contact with what is referred to as “The Towns Boogeyman” (Lee,1960). Part of the storyline is centered around this and what to learn from this due to the fact that the community has damaged the reputation of man based on hearsay. The “Boogeyman”, whose real name in the novel is Arthur Radley is known as Boo Radley amongst Scout and her friends because they have never seen him as he stays in the house and …show more content…
As a result, he father condemned him to the house and was never seen by the residents of Maycomb every again. This ties into an important quote that Scouts Father (Atticus Finch) wanted his daughter to practice and attain…”First of all,” he said,” if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee,1960). Later on in the novel, as Scout gains a better perspective about life and her childhood innocence is challenged by several events, she actually befriends the neighborhood “Boogeyman and realizes that you ca not judge a book by its cover. Another plot that helps the main character have a new outlook on life and justifies how the world is unfair is the trial of Tom Robinson. The era that the novel takes place is during an era where African Americans had little to no rights and were inferior to the “White Man”. Scouts Father (Atticus) defends him by proclaiming he is innocent as

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