Kill A Mockingbird Themes

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Delaney Drewes Literature 8A 3/12/18 To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central,1982. Scout and Jem live in Maycomb with their dad, Atticus, and their cook, Calpurnia. They spend their summers with Dill. Jem, Scout, and Dill are all interested and fascinated by the Radley Place and Boo Radley. When they were younger, the only problems they had were school and finding Boo Radley. As they become older, they see the realities of the world, handle court cases, and deal with growing up in general. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930’s. Maycomb is described as an “old town, but a tired old town” (Lee 6). It is small and has a lot of gossip spread by the town’s people. Maycomb is very welcoming with nice people in it. Maycomb consist of the Radley Place, Finch's Landing, Ewell’s house, and the Court House. The Radley Place is fascinating to the kids since none of them have seen Boo or any of the residents in the house. The Radley Place was “once white with a deep front porch and…show more content…
Maycomb is a very racist town, but Atticus is not racist and stands up for Tom Robinson, a colored man accused of rape. In the court case, most people believe Tom did rape Mayella just because he is colored. Atticus knows this is wrong and says, “The evil assumption- all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women”, but after that, Atticus says, “and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women” (Lee 273). Atticus also represents equality. Although he knows not everyone is equal, as an example, some are smarter than others and some get paid more, Atticus does know “there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution” (Lee
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