Change vs. Tradition

By: Austin Campbell, Jea Garcia, and Matthew Glascoe

Change Vs. Tradition theme from the book, To Kill a Mockingbird and from the movie, Love & Basketball

Quote from Love and Basketball

"That's what you think, isn't it? Because I'd rather wear a jersey than an apron!"


Quote from To Kill A Mockingbird

"Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants."

Love and Basketball

One of the themes in this movie that relates to the book, To Kill a Mockingbird is that the main character, Monica, wants to be a basketball player, but her mom doesn't fully agree with it. Her parents think that she should stop playing basketball and start finding a traditional career that women are supposed to do. Since she's about to end her senior year, they want her to decide that already. Monica is just blocking that out, because she believes she can play in the WNBA one day.

How is the theme handled in To Kill A Mockingbird & Love and Basketball?

To Kill A Mockingbird

Scout's aunt tells her to act and dress more like a lady, than a boy. Scout doesn't listen and does whatever she wants to, because that's what she enjoys. Aunt Alexandra tells her all about tradition and that she doesn't want the Finch's to have a bad reputation. Even though Aunt Alexandra doesn't agree, she begins to accept it, because Scout won't change for her.
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Love and Basketball

Monica is a girl that loves playing basketball. She wants to be recruited to a college to play basketball. The game before the championship during her senior year, she still hasn't gotten recruited. Her parents think that she should probably just look for a different interest. They think she should be a doctor or a nurse, or something that she would have to go to school for. She ignores them and doesn't give up, because since she was little, she always wanted to play in the WNBA. She ends up getting recruited to the University of Southern California with her boyfriend who also is a basketball star in high school. She earns her spot of being a freshman pointguard. In the end, she ends up playing for a Lakers women's basketball team.
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How might we be able to apply this theme or our lives or what lesson can we learn through the exploration of this theme?

Sometimes, we don't always stick with the tradition, because as time goes on and things change, so do people. We begin to think other things otherwise. We begin to feel that we should be able to have our freedom to do what we want, without anyone else interfering about the decisions we make. It shouldn't matter what anyone else wants to do whether you think it's right or wrong. They have the right to live their own lives and if you don't think they know the difference between right or wrong, then so be it. People just have to learn and accept that people don't always agree on everything. It's a part of life that we can't control. So, if a girl wants to act like a tomboy and do "non traditional" things and same thing for guys, then learn to accept it. No one is perfect. People want to be different. Maybe that's just how they want to express themselves.