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To Kill A Mockingbird Themes

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Veronika Vasquez

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird Themes

To Kill A Mockingbird

Loss of Innocence
due to maturity
Colors of the Wind
In Disney's
Courage & Doing What's Right
By: Veronika Vasquez
Block 3

Justice Song
By: William Wixley ft Rando Harvey
Bleeding Out
By: Imagine Dragons
Skin Deep
By: HeeSun Lee
Courage Song
By: Have Fun Teaching
Justice & Injustice
NOTE: This was the my LAST RESORT song, I seriously couldn't find another song that got the point across so I'm sorry in advance for how horrible and annoying this song is
- Racism

- Justice & Injustice

- Loss of Innocence due to maturity

- Stereotypes

- Courage & Doing What's Right
The song, Colors of the Wind in Disney's
connects with the theme of racism along with the To Kill A Mockingbird book. For one, Pocahontas sings about the spirits within all living things. In this she encourages John Smith to not think of them as things he can conquer or own, but rather as beings to respect and live with in harmony. Like Mr. Dolphus Raymond in the book, he preferred the humble and peaceful life with African Americans rather than living with his own race because they were too hateful and all they wanted to do was "give [hell to] colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too." Pocahontas sings, "For whether we are white or copper skinned....we are all connected to each other" so why hurt or mistreat others when ultimately in the end you are hurting and shaming yourself.
Justice Song by William Wixley ft Rando Harvey, connects with the theme of justice and injustice because it talks about how justice can be an equalizer but is fallible because it is human based. This is shown when William sings, "Give me that someone, somebody, or something. With no greed, no selfishness of loving. Don’t tell me that I’m living in a free world." Since humans have strong emotions our view of people are tainted by our own opinions rather than judging them fairly and unbiased. This relates to the book when the jury decides Tom's fate. They were blinded by racism and like Reverend Sykes states "I ain't ever seen a jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man." The jury, as predicted, convicted Tom guilty just because he was black which was an injustice.
In the book, the theme of stereotypes comes up a bunch of times. Most of the stereotypical references are made about women. For example, when Jem is talking to Scout one night and he says, "She's trying to make you a lady. Can't you take up sewin' or somethin'?" Another time would be when Atticus was explaining why women can't serve on a jury, he says, "It's to protect our frail ladies from sordid cases like Tom's. Besides, I doubt if we'd ever get a complete case tried-- the ladies'd be interrupting to ask questions." In this quote, Atticus makes women seem weak and too talkative to accomplish anything. The song, Skin Deep by HeeSun Lee, connects with the theme of stereotypes and the book because HeeSun is singing against stereotypes. In one of the lyrics she sings, "The meaning of beauty know is more than people can see, and people can be whatever they dreaming about just gotta believe." This connects to Scout because throughout the book Aunt Alexandra is telling her to be a more proper lady but Scout doesn't like what it means to be a lady. She thinks to herself in one chapter, "Ladies always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere." Scout wants to be herself but nobody seems to approve and the songs sings to this with the lyrics, "no matter what people can say to you, no matter what people complain to you, no matter what people relate to you, you're in control what stays in you" and in this case Scout is choosing to be her own independent person.
Courage Song by Have Fun Teaching connects with the theme because it talks about being confident in yourself so you can do what is right no matter what others may think. One of the lyrics, "I stand up for what I believe is right. I’m not afraid what others might think" represents this. It relates to the book when the courthouse gave Atticus the job to be Tom's lawyer. When he accepted it, everyone was mad when he actually tried to help Tom. This led to the scene where Atticus had to sit in front of the jailhouse to protect Tom. He was not afraid to protect Tom against the men of Maycomb because he wanted to fight for what he believed was right. He protected Tom like he would with any other person because believed Tom was an equal and had the right to a fair trial just all the other white man in Maycomb.
In the song, Pocahontas also urges John Smith to accept humans who are different in appearance or culture and to learn from them. When she sings, "You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew." It's like that time when Atticus said, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." When people are racist, they are judging something or someone that they don't understand. That's why Pocahontas and Atticus are generally saying stop thinking you're superior and actually try to learn from or about the person. Understand them before you ever label them and maybe your eyes will open and show you that everyone is created equally and racism was just clouding your judgment.
Another important part about justice and injustice the song brings up is the language. The songwriters made some of the lyrics in Filipino so you get a better understanding of when William sings, "So many people....Narrow minded, don’t understand each other. Makes way for hatred." He explains why some people may hate others or treat them unjust. Rando Harvey sings in reply how everyone talks about life being great, but he sees the opposite because no body cares to try to understand each other. He sings,"I’m sad, I’m broken, I wish I could live in peace. [But] I feel in my heart that justice will come, [and this] miracle will happen only when I believe." This relates to the book when Miss Maudie is explaining to Aunt Alexandra that at least there are people out there "who say that fair play is not marked White Only...who say a fair trial is for everybody, not just us...the handful with enough humility to think" and as long as there are still people like that in the world, there is hope.
The song, Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons, connects with the theme of losing innocence due to maturity because it talks about the day he matured enough to realize the truth about the world. In seeing the horrible dark side of everything, it was so shocking and mind blowing that he feels like he's bleeding out. He can't protect himself with his innocence anymore so he has to brace himself and take it in. One of the lyrics "You tell me to hold on, Oh you tell me to hold on. But innocence is gone, And what was right is wrong" relates to the book when Jem realizes how horrible and mean people people can be and that everything about Maycomb he thought was right is now twisted and all wrong. Atticus wanted to protect his children from Maycomb's usual disease but Jem had already matured enough to see things for what they really were. He shows this when he says, "I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that's what they seemed like."
The song also relates to the book with the lyrics, "When the day has come, But I've lost my way around....When the hour is nigh, And hopelessness is sinking in....When your eyes are red, And emptiness is all you know." It connects to the scene with Jem crying to Atticus that it's not fair what they did to Tom. Atticus says, "They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep." In this Atticus is referring to Jem's innocence and how through the trial it tore the remaining innocence that he had, forcing him to cry as he matures and sees things in a new light. It connects to the lyrics because now Jem feels awful about what people can do to each other and now all there is, is hopelessness because people aren't going to change.
The Courage Song also brings up the point of having the courage to never give up. Sometimes when you try to do what's right, there are obstacles in your way. Instead of giving up you should conquer them and continue on. In the song it says, "I am not afraid to try. The confidence is in my heart. Even if I fall I will get up, I will never give up." This relates to Atticus. He's not afraid to try to win Tom's trial even though he knows he will most likely fail. Atticus states, "[True courage is] when you know 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." This ties in with the overall theme of the song and that if you fail, at least you tried and that's doing what's right.
The song and the book also bring up social class stereotypes. In the book, Jem talks about the social ladder of Maycomb. He says, "There's four kinds of folks in the world. There's the ordinary kind, like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes." This is similar to social class stereotypes today. Rich people are considered snobs and poor people are considered ghetto. HeeSun sings against this with the lyrics, "don't ever let anyone let you feel like you can't amount to much without your money, looks and such." In the book, the whites in Maycomb degrade the blacks by saying they're worth nothing and there's nothing they can do or accomplish that will match with the "greatness" of the white's successes. HeeSun sings in opposition with, "You're beautiful inside and out nobody can take your best away." In the song, HeeSun Lee is trying express that people are more alike than different, regardless of their appearance or class and this is similar to when Jem said, "I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
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