To Kill A Mockingbird Themes

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Mind Map on To Kill A Mockingbird Themes, created by hwalker on 04/24/2015.

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To Kill A Mockingbird Themes
1 Racism
1.1 Racism is shown throughout the novel. White people are shown to be superior to black people. A black man is instantly thought of as guilty when he is accused of a crime by an all white jury and white judge.
2 Morality And Ethics
2.1 Atticus thinks that everyone deserves a fair trial. Maycomb thinks that only white people do. Scout thinks that her father is right. Maycomb thinks that her father is wrong
3 Poverty
3.1 Walter Cunningham has no lunch and when the teacher asks if he forgot it is shown that he is to poor to have lunch and hiding this fact the teacher offers him money to buy lunch saying he can pay her back tomorrow not knowing that he would not be able to. Walter also has hookworms from walking bare foot because he cannot afford shoes and it is said that he has never seen three quarters together at the same time.
4 Prejudice
4.1 Atticus's belief in treating and respecting everyone as an individual is contrasted in To Kill a Mockingbird with a number of other worldviews.
5 The Coexistence Of Good And Evil
5.1 The most important theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is the book’s exploration of the moral nature of human beings—that is, whether people are essentially good or essentially evil.
5.1.1 The novel approaches this question by dramatizing Scout and Jem’s transition from a perspective of childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world. As a result of this portrayal of the transition from innocence to experience, one of the book’s important subthemes involves the threat that hatred, prejudice, and ignorance pose to the innocent: people such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are not prepared for the evil that they encounter, and, as a result, they are destroyed.
6 Growing Up
6.1 In the three years covered by To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem grow up. At the start of the book they are innocents, with an uncomplicated sense of what's good (Atticus, the people of Maycomb) and what's evil (Boo Radley). By the end of the book, the children have lost their innocence and gained a more complex understanding of the world, in which bad and good are present and visible in almost everyone.
6.1.1 As the children grow into the adult world, though, they don't just accept what they see. They question what doesn't make sense to them—prejudice, hatred, and violence.
6.1.1.1 So while To Kill a Mockingbird shows three children as they lose their innocence, it also uses their innocence to look freshly at the world of Maycomb and criticize its flaws.
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