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To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

1019 words - 5 pages

A good novel makes us think about important ideas and issues.
“To Kill A Mocking Bird” is a virtuous example to this.
Thought the story the book deals with many themes and issues.
The major themes in this novel are; the difference between good and evil, the existence of social inequality, the importance of moral education and racism.

Firstly the difference between good and evil. The moral nature of human beings.

The moral voice of To Kill a Mockingbird is expressed through Atticus Finch, who is diverse in the novel in that he has experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human capacity for goodness. Atticus understands that most people have both good and ...view middle of the document...

These social divisions are shown very detailed and obvious in the book. For example, Scout cannot understand why Aunt Alexandra refuses to let her associate with young Walter Cunningham. This is an example of the snobbish ways of the higher classes to the less fortunate lower classes.

Moral education is a very important part of the novel. The exploration of the novel’s larger moral questions takes place within the perspective of children, the education of children is necessarily involved in the development of all of the novel’s themes. In a sense, the plot of the story charts Scout’s moral education, and the theme of how children are educated. The novel shows us how they are taught to move from innocence to adulthood. recurs throughout the novel (at the end of the book, Scout even says that she has learned practically everything except algebra). This theme is explored most powerfully through the relationship between Atticus and his children, as he devotes himself to instilling a social conscience in Jem and Scout. The scenes at school provide a direct counterpoint to Atticus’s effective education of his children: Scout is often confronted with teachers who are either heartless to children’s needs or morally hypocritical.  To Kill a Mockingbird’s other moral themes, the novel’s conclusion about education is that the most important lessons are those of sympathy and understanding, and that a sympathetic, understanding approach is the best way to teach these lessons. In this way, Atticus’s ability to put himself in his children’s shoes makes him a good role model for his children in the novel. Also for the reader.

Racism is probably the most well known them o the novel. During the era the novel is set (the 1930’s) blacks were still highly overpowered members of society. Blacks were not permitted to mix with whites in public settings. They were not allowed to do a lot of things this is shown a lot throughout the novel.
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