Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird - Thomas English 8

Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird - Thomas English 8

To Kill a Mockin gbird 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. 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? 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

Come up with a thematic statement about the theme about racism

in To Kill a Mockingbird. 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? Courage/ Integrity What

are some events that are meant to teach us about courage or integrity? someone elses skin

Write a thematic statement about this topic. 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? 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? Forebodings Of Evil Imprisonment,

including barriers, walls, and veils witches and ghost houses dangerous

prison Forbidding secrets The prison of stereotypes

Insanity Taboos (such as interracial relationships)

the past and degeneracy with the attempt to break boundaries

Eccentricity The lure of terror

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