Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is Still Valuable in Modern Times

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most revered novels in modern history. It is a story which makes use of powerful language and plot devices, as well as its use of highly detailed character development, to convey a variety of themes to readers, with the most prevalent ones including racial and social injustice, social life, class, discrimination, human nature and personal morals and beliefs. The titular quote, “... it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”, also presents a significant theme in the novel: innocence and morality. These themes were the embodiments of problems and errors in society during the period in which To Kill a Mockingbird was written and published, the 1960’s, and this also applies to modern society, which makes …show more content…
In this example, the idea of the true meaning of courage is brought up, as well as personal morals and beliefs, in which Mrs. Dubose stuck to her beliefs which involved extreme racism and a completely one sided view of society.
Lee’s use of symbolism also portrays many themes in the novel. The most prevalent example of this is Lee’s use of the mockingbird, which is described as a bird that “[doesn’t] do one thing but make music for us to enjoy”. In the novel, one of the most prevalent themes is racial and social injustice, which complements the previously stated idea of innocence and morality, which in turn is represented by the idea of the mockingbird. The two “mockingbirds” of the novel are Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley, who each are victims of racial and social discrimination, respectively. Tom Robinson and the court case also represent the theme of racial injustice, when Tom was found guilty despite Atticus, his lawyer, effectively proving his innocence, which is essentially ‘killing the mockingbird’. This part of the novel also puts forward a point about human nature, when Atticus states that all the injustices towards Tom in the court room were simply “facts of life”, after Jem, Atticus’ son, questions Maycomb’s method of trial in the courtroom. It

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