To Kill a Mockingbird Major Themes

The Major Themes of To Kill A Mockingbird


Luke Carlson

A true fact about To Kill a Mockingbird that it is a lot more autobiographical then one might think. A little summary on my historical event I am going over is about an American police officer in new Orleans who was shot because he was that he was getting close on a case closely related to the Italian mob there. This led to him being shot by some Italians who were basically all freed by court by either being acquitted or mistrials. Which caused a few native new Orleans people to go on a mass lynching by killing the eleven suspected murders. My current event talks about how a woman was falsely rumored to have burned the Quran so that led to about a mob of at least 40 people to beat her to death. These two events and To Kill A Mockingbird all relate to common themes around the subject of violence.

We see here that this woman is not silenced by violence.

The historical event and To Kill A Mockingbird both debunk the theme that violence can silence a group. We know Mr. Ewell believes that violence can silence people because Stephanie Crawford said “Mr. Ewell said it made one down about two more to go.” Which shows us he wants to hurt someone for reasons we know because of all the hate he's ben getting after the case so he thinks he can silence all the bad things going around about him. As we go farther in the book we realize this does not work as he dies and makes the rumors about him worse. This ties in with my historical event because after the lynching many people believe that “It struck terror into the members of the mafia and no acts of violence were committed by them after the terrible events of March 14 1891.” Which I know not to be true as the mafia was still around after then and still running.

This shows that the violence of the police will not silence their cause.

Both To Kill A Mockingbird and my current event agree on a similar theme of prejudice can lead to violence. In To Kill A Mockingbird when Mrs. Dubose is talking by the kids passing she says “Your father is no better than the n****** and trash he works for.” Which shows the prejudice of Mrs. Dubose and later we see Jem violently destroy all of her flowers so the prejudice led to Jems attacks against her flowers. In my current event NPR tells us that “Farkhundas brutal killing shocked many Afghans, though some public and religious figures said it would’ve been justified if she in fact damaged a Quran.” Which tells us that there wasn't much evidence against her but just prejudice of sexism of her being a woman which led to her violent death by the mob.

Which tells us prejudice causes violence.

In summary My historical event and To Kill A Mockingbird relate to the incorrect theme of violence silences people. While my Current event and To Kill A Mockingbird relate to the theme of prejudice leads to violence. In conclusion all three articles/book historical, current event and To Kill A Mockingbird all relate to a common subject of violence. Which should lead us to question if we have ever tried or have committed an act of violence for what result did you want when trying to commit do your intentions and how did they look like to others. This is quite important consider as there is still a lot of violence going around this world for many reasons which might not seem valid but they do to those who commit such violence

This show the violence towards the Chinese as they prejudiced by the American workers

Works Cited

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. United States: Grand Central, 2012. Print.

Press, The Associated. "Afghan Judge Sentences 4 To Death In Mob Killing Of Woman." NPR. NPR, 06 May 2015. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.

"Ruston Daily Leader Newspaper Archives, May 9, 1977, P. 2| NewspaperArchive®." Ruston Daily Leader, 09 May 1977. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.


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