To Kill a Mockingbird

Themes

Courage

One of the major themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is courage. Throughout the book Atticus wants his kids to learn courage. He says “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” Atticus had Jem read to Mrs. Dubose. Jem didn't want to, but he did it anyway. That taught him courage by helping someone out even though he didn't like the person. Atticus showed courage by defending Tom Robbison. A lot of people talked badly about him, because he defended Tom. Atticus didn't care. He kept fighting for what he new was right. He didn't win, but he showed a lot of courage doing so.

Judgement

Another major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is judgement. You shouldn't judge someone until you have walked in that person's shoes. In the beginning of the book Scout thought Boo Radley was creepy. Scout, Jem, and Dill would always pick on him so to say. They would try to catch glimpses of him. They always told stories about him that weren't very nice. At the end of the book Scout met Boo. She realized that he was a good guy. He wasn't a creep like she thought. He had saved her and Jem's lives. That taught Scout that she shouldn't pass judgement on someone until she's met them or seen what has happened in their lives.

How the themes relate to each other

The themes relate to each other because it takes courage not to pass judgement on someone right away. Atticus didn't pass judgement on Tom Robbison just because he was black. The rest of the town passed judgement on him because he was black. They blamed him for what happened. Atticus new that Tom was innocent, and he believed skin color shouldn't change that. It took courage for Atticus to go against what everyone else thought. He didn't care who got mad at him, and what people said about him. He still defended Tom Robbison, because he new that it was the right think to do.