Since a lot of people do TKAM I thought it'd be good to discuss the themes and some quotes for them here for some pretty last-minute revision, the ones I can think off the top of my head right now are:
Spoiler:Show- INEQUALITY: between races, class etc. e.g. the trial (obviously), from the start of the novel "The sheriff hadn't the heart to put him in jail alongside Negroes, so Boo was locked in the court-house basement", the fact that Miss Maudie wouldn't be allowed on the jury because she's a woman (can't find the quote sorry)
Lee presents this theme to the people of the 1960s to discourage it from those times.
- EDUCATION: Scout describes her school system as a "treadmill" - she doesn't feel like she's going anywhere with the learning in school and learns more at home; prolonged exercise on treadmills also used to be a form of punishment in prisons [on a side note, explains why I always hated them], suggesting that she is stuck in some sort of routine jail; she learns empathy from Atticus, which is placed of much higher value than what she learns at school in the novel.
Lee presents this theme as she doesn't believe in learning strictly from the institutionalised educational system, and wants people to learn from everywhere.
- PERSPECTIVE: the children and Atticus's different views on Mrs. Dubose; "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view"; Scout literally seeing things from Boo's point of view at the end of the novel.
- COURAGE: Atticus and Mr. Underwood at the lynch mob; Mrs Dubose; Atticus shooting the mad dog; Boo saving Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell; also the reflections of cowardice between Burris and Bob Ewell as Burris shouts at Miss Caroline only when he is "safely out of range", and Bob Ewell stalks Tom Robinson's wife from a distance.
It would be great if everyone could add some examples and/or quotes for each of these themes, and add any more themes you remember because (cheesy quote incoming) sharing is caring. And we all want to do well of course .
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AQA To Kill a Mockingbird Themes watch
- Thread Starter
- 17-05-2016 22:46
- 18-05-2016 18:10
Courage: "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
- 19-05-2016 16:46
There's also the element of double narration where a younger, naive Scout participates in events while an older mature Scout reflects on theme - this relates to perspective where Scout is essentially "stepping into the skin" of her younger self and is "walking around in it". A short quote that partially reveals the double narration is:
"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it"