To Kill a Mocking Bird Theme Essay

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Love, Compassion, Empathy. Although these words have similar, yet different meanings, these 3 words can, if used appropriately, fall into one distinct category: Family. In Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird, she demonstrates all the meanings of family in three different ways: family love and connection, empathy and compassion and ethical behavior. These are the tests and meanings of a true family.

“Jem had returned to me.” This is extremely strong line proves to the readers that there is an intense family love and bond between Jem and Scout. After Jem returns from the Radley’s backyard without his pants, Scout feels relieved that her brother had returned to her. Family love can be shown in various different ways. Saying a sibling or parent is ‘yours’ is one way. Another way is by protecting and helping your family members. For example, when Atticus leaves his family one night to go and sit by Tom Robinson’s Jail Cell, little Scout saves both of their lives when her and her brother follow their father where Atticus was confronted by a mob ready to kill. She “killed” the mob mentality by picking out a single member of the mob, Mr. Cunningham, and bringing up his son “It’s me Scout! I’m in class with your boy, Walter! Don’t you recognize me, Mr. Cunningham?” By doing this, without even knowing it, Scout showed family love and saved her fathers life. Family love can also be shown through bond. Just being with your family can show your love. “Scout sat on her father’s lap as he read the newspaper.” Even just small actions such as ones like this can bring out family love.

“Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” The theme that really stand out in this novel is empathy and compassion. To be able to walk around in someone else’s shoes, to really see from their perspective, is difficult, but when it is done, it’s amazing how different you see...
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