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The novel To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee has many themes. The themes include courage, racism and society.

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To kill a mockingbird The novel "To kill a mockingbird" by Harper Lee has many themes. The themes include courage, racism and society. The true meaning of courage is shown and is practised by the protagonists. Racism is the focal point and the main issue in the storyline of the novel. The novel also questions what society is. Courage is defined by Atticus Finch as "when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." Atticus shows courage when he represents Tom Robinson in the trial. He knows that he is going to lose beforehand because Tom Robinson is a Negro and he lives in a town steeped in prejudice, but still he puts all his effort trying to prove Tom Robinson innocent. ...read more.

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The whites thought they were superior. This, without a doubt is an example of racism. Tom Robinson is an innocent man accused wrongly. This is an example of attacking innocent people. When Scout and Jem receive rifles from their uncle as a present, Atticus warns then "shoot all the blue jays you want but remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." Reflecting on the fact that Tom Robinson, a black man did nothing wrong, he did not rape Mayella Ewell and still he was blamed for it, tried to escape and was shot, Tom Robinson was the mockingbird. What is society? ...read more.

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We have the ability to speak for ourselves, yet people are scared to stand up. The act of fearing each other and people discriminating each other because of their race, this is not what society is defined to be. To really live in a perfect society I think we need to learn to understand each other. The problem is understanding is not easy. Atticus explains that "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of views, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." In conclusion there are many themes. These themes are what we need to be aware of in life. We should be courageous, treat others equally and learn to understand each other to really live in a perfect society. Hoon Kim yr 10 ...read more.

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