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Title: Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird


1
Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird
2
To Kill a Mockingbird is about racism.
  • To determine the theme, you have to explain what
    it teaches about racism.
  • OK racism is bad. We knew that already.
  • GO DEEPER.

3
Getting To Depth WHAT ELSE?
  • Where does racism appear?
  • How does racism affect people?
  • How does racism affect a community?
  • How does racism against black people affect white
    people?
  • Are there different types of racism?
  • What is the human cost of racism?

4
Consider
  • Tom Robinson/ Tom Robinsons death
  • What Calpurnia says about two languages.
  • First Purchase Church
  • Dolphus Raymond and his mixed kids
  • Ms. Merriweathers comments at the tea party
  • How Bob Ewell perceives the events
  • Mayellas attraction to Tom
  • How Miss Gates is hypocritical

5
Come up with a thematic statement about the theme
about racism in To Kill a Mockingbird.
6
Coming of Age/ Loss of Innocence
  • Scout and Jem grow up in this novel. We see each
    of them mature through their behaviors, actions,
    and the things they say. They lose their
    innocence. What do we learn about growing up
    from this novel? What happens as we grow up and
    get older, as demonstrated in this novel?

7
Courage/Integrity
  • What are some events that are meant to teach us
    about courage or integrity?

8
Stepping into someone elses skin
  • Write a thematic statement about this topic.

9
Innocence
  • The mockingbird comes up several times in the
    novel. It does nothing to hurt anyone or
    anything, but they make music to enjoy. Its a
    sin to kill a mockingbird. It is a symbol of
    innocence. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are also
    innocent. What is the author trying to make us
    think about innocence from the events of this
    novel?

10
The Gothic Motif
  • Harper Lee includes many Gothic elements in To
    Kill a Mockingbird. Why? What does it do to the
    story? How does it affect it? What was her
    purpose in including these elements? Where do we
    see the ribbon of the gothic throughout this
    novel?

11
Forebodings Of Evil
12
Imprisonment, including barriers, walls, and veils
13
Ghosts, vampires, witches and ghost houses
14
Home as a dangerous prison
15
Forbidding secrets
16
The prison of stereotypes
17
Insanity
18
Taboos (such as interracial relationships)
19
The influence of the past and degeneracy
20
Violence, especially that which has to do with
the attempt to break boundaries
21
Eccentricity
22
The lure of terror
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