Essay on Themes Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think”(Harper Lee). The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is set in the South in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. The novel shows the many things that are wrong with society; however, she also sheds a light on the good. In To Kill a Mockingbird many themes appear in the novel. Harper Lee brings to light three very important themes of courage, the killing of innocence, and the idea of morality.

Courage, the strength in the face of pain or grief. In To Kill a Mockingbird a character that shows amazing courage is Atticus Finch. Atticus shows amazing courage in the scene where the rabid dog comes galloping down their street being all crazy, and Atticus being a dead shot, is the one to shoot the dog. “I haven’t shot a gun in thirty years-” “Mr. Tate almost threw the rifle at Atticus. “I’d feel mighty comfortable if you did now, he said” (96). Therefore, Atticus shows great courage and takes the gun and shoots the dog. Another way Atticus shows courage is when he decides to take the Tom Robinson case. Tom Robinson is a black man; therefore, since Atticus takes his case he gets a whole bunch of hate and mistreatment. Atticus takes Tom Robinson’s case even though he knows he’s going to lose. “ The jury couldn 't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson 's word against the Ewell’s”(88). Atticus already knows he is going to lose but he has…

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