To Kill a Mockingbird Themes

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To Kill a Mockingbird Themes Have you ever seen discrimination against a darker-skinned person from a lighter-skinned person? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells a story about a little girl, Scout, and her father, Atticus, who is a white man. He has to defend a black, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell. This book had many themes that all taught a valuable lesson, such as: individuals have a right to protect the innocent, people often fear what they don’t understand, and the most important part of a child’s education may take place in the home and community rather than in the school. The first theme is individuals have a responsibility to protect the innocent. This is conveyed when Atticus protects Tom while he’s in jail. A bunch of men came to “talk” to Tom, but Atticus knew they were going to do more than that. Atticus protects an innocent when he defended him and they conversed, “ ‘He in there, Mr. Finch?’ a man said. ‘He is,’ we heard Atticus answer, ‘and don’t wake him up.’ “ Page 151. Another time was when Atticus tried to get them to leave, “ ‘You know what we want,’ another man said. ‘Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.’ ‘You can turn around and go home again, Walter,’ Atticus said pleasantly. Page 39. Atticus takes it into his responsibility to protect someone he knows is an innocent, and he does it even though Tom’s a different color. Another theme was people often fear what they don’t understand. Throughout this story, Scout and her brother Jem try to find out about Boo Radley, Boo and his family were the outcasts of Maycomb. There were rumors of Boo, that he was crazy and locked up in the basement. Scout and Jem always tried to fool around by the Radley house, trying to see what he looks like. There were always crazy descriptions of him, for example, “Jem gave a reasonable
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