To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Theme #1

My first theme is courage. Atticus believed the definition of courage was to stand up for what was right even if it seemed impossible to win. He taught Jem and Scout his meaning of courage. Later on in the story he stood up for Tom Robinson even though there was no way they were going to win.

Theme #2

My 2nd theme would be racism. This book takes place in the 1930's and blacks are still looked down upon in society. Jem and Scout are fascinated by this and start to explore the differences between black and white people. When they went to church with Calpurnia they really enjoyed it. Also Tom Robinson was guilty only because he was a black man. Atticus stood up for racial equality as did a handful of others in the town.


These two themes have some relation in the book. Atticus had courage to stand up against racism. He also got some others to stand up for it with him. His definition of courage is to stand up for what is right even if it seems impossible or is impossible. He knew Tom wasn't going to win the trial because he was black and had a white accuser, but he still stood up for what was right.