To Kill a Mockingbird – Themes

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there were many themes.There were also many themes in the movie that have an impact on people in everyday life. One of those themes is that “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird”. This theme is prevalent all throughout the movie. An example of a place where this theme is expressed in the movie is when Arthur “Boo” Radley saves the children from Bob Ewell and Scout tells Atticus that arresting Boo Radley would be like killing a mockingbird which is a sin. This theme shows how sinful it is to kill or hurt an innocent person.

One of the places where this theme is present occurs throughout the whole movie when the discussion of Boo Radley comes up between Scout and Jem. Scout and Jem spend their childhood trying to get Boo Radley to come out. When Atticus finds out, he strongly reprimands the two children saying that they should leave the poor man alone. This shows how Boo Radley is a mockingbird. It would be a sin to bother Boo Radley when he had not done anything to the children.

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The theme is also present when Boo Radley saves the children as they are walking back home from a pageant at their school. Bob Ewell, an enemy of their father because of a lost case, tries to attack the children. Boo Radley jumped in and carried the hurt Jem to the house and this shows how he helped the children. For killing Bob Ewell in the process of protecting Jem and Scout, Boo should be sent to jail. Still, the sheriff, Heck Tate, shows how he understands and states firmly that Bob Ewell fell on the knife that killed him. This is also under the pretense that sending Boo to jail would be a sin for doing an honorable action of saving two innocent kids from a drunken, dangerous man.

The third place where this theme is present is when Tom Robinson was pronounced guilty in defense of how he apparently raped Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson was innocent and Mayella Ewell, trying to hide her guilt for showing a…