To Kill a Mockingbird Good Literature

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What do you think is good literature? To me, good literature will develop strong theme statements for its reader to take with them in real life. To Kill a Mockingbird, a 1930’s story about growing up in a time of poverty, rumors, and an unfair trial, is good literature. It has many theme statements including social inequality, do not harm innocent things and people, and racism. First of all, To Kill a Mockingbird is an example of good literature because it has theme statements; one theme statement in this book is social inequality. One example of social inequality in this book is the Cunninghams. The Cunninghams are poor and have to trade goods for services. Scout must explain to the new teacher that Walter Cunningham will not accept lunch money from her because he cannot pay her back. The children of the town see this social problem as normal and think nothing of it. Also, the Ewells are part of the social problem. The Ewells are at the bottom of the white community. They are very poor people who are looked down on because Mr. Ewell spends his welfare check on alcohol and is allowed to hunt off season just to feed his many children. Atticus says “the Ewells have been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them have done an honest day’s work in my recollection.” This shows they have been frowned upon for a long time and others do not see them as equals. This is a major theme that is threaded into the whole book. Secondly, a theme statement that shows this novel is good literature is do not harm innocent things or people. One major symbol in this story is the mockingbird. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie said “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
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