To Kill A Mockingbird Themes

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I think that there were several themes in To Kill A Mockingbird. Some of them are “killing” mockingbirds, perspectives, prejudice, innocence, and courage. Below is a deeper understanding of some of them :

“Killing” Mockingbirds - In the book, Atticus and Miss Maudie talk about how it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird because “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” But killing a Mockingbird has a deeper meaning than just shooting birds. It means treating people in a bad way when they haven’t done anything to you or anyone else. There are several
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Mr. Robinson is a symbolizes killing a mockingbird because he didn’t really get a fair trial and was judged guilty even though it was clear that he wasn’t. This was only because he was african american, if he had been a white man he would surely be treated more fairly. Mr. Radley also symbolized killing a Mockingbird because he was known as an evil monster just because he wanted to be alone. He was treated like a horrible maniac when really, deep inside, he was a really nice person. Finally, I also think that Atticus was representing killing a mockingbird because he firmly believed in something different than the people around him - that white and african american people were equal and racism was wrong. He was a very kind and wise person, but still people disapproved of him and …show more content…
Atticus and Judge Taylor really tried to be fair, but the jury were the ones who made the final decision, even if things had been so clear. Atticus says to Jem as they walk home from the trial: “Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. You saw the same thing that night in front of the jail. When that crew went away, they didn’t go as reasonable men, they went because we were there. There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.” He means that whatever you do to show the jury that the african american should win, they have the original idea that white always wins in their heads. One trial is not enough to show then that things could be