To Kill a Mockingbird

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To kill a mockingbird theme essay

The book “to kill a mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, uses the mockingbird to symbolize innocence. There are people in widely different situations who are innocent, such as Jem and Scout, Tom Robinson, and Arthur “Boo” Radley. The story takes place in a small town called Maycomb, in Alabama. There are two kids who go by the names Jem and Scout. Scout is the narrator of the story, and Jem is her older brother. They’re young, and still very innocent. Tom Robinson is a black man who has a loving family. He was accused of a crime that he did not commit. Arthur Radley, Boo, is a man who is looked after by his older brother after his dad died. People in the town have spread many different bad rumors about him that aren’t even true. Scout, Jem, Tom, and Arthur are all Mockingbirds as they are innocent to what happens. All this is related to today’s society where many people are accused of something that they never did.

The childhood innocence that Jem, Scout, and Dill were born with has been protecting them from the adult world problems, such as prejudice and discrimination, but as soon as Scout and Jem’s father was given the task to defend a black man, the door to that innocence is opened wide and left open. In Scout’s mind everybody is equal. “There’s only one kind of folks. Folks.” (Lee 227) Scout doesn’t realize that in the society that she lives in not one person thinks that everybody is equal. Jem is confused and wants answers so he asks, “If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike then why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” (pg. 227) He later finds out that it’s the way the people of Maycomb are and that it’s just the way society is most of the time. Dill’s aunt is Jem and Scout’s neighbor and during the summer months he stays with his aunt. His aunt told him that the town used to keep Boo Radley in a basement room in the courthouse, this led...
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