Themes Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a story about two innocent children, Jem and Scout, growing up in Maycomb, a town that is accustomed to racism. However, To Kill a Mockingbird is not just a story about racism. It is also a novel about courage, integrity, and empathy. First, Harper Lee shows that courage is when people fight battles even when they know they might not win. Second, she suggests that people demonstrate integrity when they do what is right even in difficult situations. Finally, Lee shows that with empathy, people need to put themselves in others shoes before judging them.
First, Harper Lee shows that courage is when you do something even when you know that you might not be victorious, but try your best anyways. In the novel, Mrs. Dubose is a good example of courage. After Mrs. Dubose’s passing, Atticus tells Jem that Mrs. Dubose was able to let go of her morphine addiction before her passing, even though nobody would have blamed her for using it: “’Jem when you’re as sick as she was it’s alright to take anything to make it easier, but it wasn’t alright for her’” (148). Mrs. Dubose is not always very kind. She yells at the Finch family for just walking by her place. After a while, Jem gets frustrated and ruins all of her camellia bushes. As a punishment, Jem begins to read to her. While Jem is reading, she has ‘fits’ (148). She has an alarm clock, and when it rings she begins her fits. The alarm clock goes…

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