Literary Themes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Literary Themes Themes are the makeup of a novel and without them you simply will not have a novel. Author Harper Lee did a fantastic job on adding multiple running themes that would keep the reader tied onto the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Also, Harper Lee found a way to keep her character’s interesting and then have an underlying reason for a particular character to be stagnant. The way in which she was able to do this was through the characters that stayed racist and the characters who were beginning to leap over the racial divide towards equality. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, there were several themes that stood out from amongst the rest in order of significance. The theme of justice and judgement within the story To Kill A Mockingbird, is one of great importance. Justice was something that was given out on rare occasions, while judgement was based on the race of the man in front of you. An example would be the jury not listening to the information that was being…show more content…
Atticus Finch believes in the idea of everyone being entitled to a fair trial. That is respectable because of the fact that during that time period there was so much racial prejudice that most of the people would follow the crowd. Atticus stood up for Tom Robinson and even though he received threats from the community, he knew it was the right thing to do. "If you shouldn't be defendin' him, then why are you doin' it?" "For a number of reasons," said Atticus. "The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again." […] "Atticus, are we going to win it?" "No, honey." "Then why-" "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win" (Chapter 9) Atticus was able to drag up the community of Maycomb in a more gratifying
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