Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird

By: Madison Potter

The existance of good and the evil

During this book, Jem and Scout start off as having a childhood prospective of things that makes everyone seem so innocent as if they have done nothing but good. As they mature a little more, they start to realize the difference between the good and the evil in people. People such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, who are accused of doing wrong, but are actually good people. Tom Robinson told nothing but the truth and still got sentenced for it. Boo Radley was thought to be weird, but all he did was watch what was going on in the neighborhood and then in the end, saved Jem and Scouts life. On the other side of things, everyone has a little bit of evil in them. Bob Ewell, lied and attempted murder just because he wanted to get back at Atticus Finch for defending Tom Robinson against his daughter. He just couldn't let a black man have the satisfaction of some white people being on his side. This all comes down to, there is good and there is evil in everybody, some more than others.


Bravery to help the helpless

Atticus Finch was a brave man. He defended Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Everybody in Maycomb was against Atticus because they said he was doing wrong, and putting his family in such a bad situation. The Finch family stayed by him because they were raised to see the good in everybody. Tom Robinson, had nobody but Atticus on his side, but that didn't stop him from trying to win the testimony. In the end, even though Tom Robinson did lose, he was so thankful that Atticus was there for him and tried to help him as much as possible. That shows that Atticus Finch was a good and brave man.