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To Kill A Mockingbird

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Jerry Shearer

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird
Assignment 1: Planning An Essay
Themes in TKMB
The coexistence of good and evil
The importance of education
Growing up
Bravery/courage vs. cowardice
The End
Prejudices in America have changed since the time of Atticus, MLK, and President Johnson. But these very personal beliefs are still changing and the climate in American society will be much different 50 years from today than it was 50 years ago when King delivered his speech.
Thank you!
Detail for 2 Themes
: an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. Atticus said on page 220, "In our courts, when it's a white man's words against a black man's, the white man always wins." This is a clear example of prejudice based on skin color.

: brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor. Scout shows courage on page 152, "I kicked the man swiftly. Barefooted, I was surprised to see him fall back in real pain." Scout was brave to stand up against an adult to protect Jem.
Choose 2 other texts to connect with these themes.
"I Have A Dream" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prejudice: King argued for equality for all races when he said, "Black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

King motivated the audience to reconsider the unfavorable opinion that many white Americans had of black Americans based on their predetermined views on the two races. He used both emotional and logical arguments to convince his audience to not view black Americans with prejudiced eyes.
"The Great Society" - President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Johnson also discusses the prejudices of white Americans in the line, "The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice."

He is calling for a change in how the American society views people of color and says that in order to be a great country, all Americans must have the opportunity to live a good life, one free from racial prejudices and stereotypes.
Compare & contrast these texts
To Kill A Mockingbird
vs. "I Have A Dream"

Atticus believes that there is a social risk in continuing the racial injustices of 1930s and that unless change is made in the law, no change will be made. He says, "It's all adding up and one these days we are all going to pay the bill for it." (Lee, 221)

King also addresses this idea in the line, "America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned." (King)

These lines are similar because each speaker recognizes that, "Their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom." (King)
To Kill A Mockingbird vs. "The Great Society"

In some ways, President Johnson is taking a different approach than Atticus is to racism in America. Johnson says, "The loss of these values breeds loneliness and boredom and indifference." He is clearly putting the responsibility for changing society on the shoulders of both white and black Americans.

On page 227 of To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout says, "Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." She has realized at this part of the story what Johnson refers to as the "ugly American". She knows that skin color has little to do with character and morality.

There are many similarities in the themes of "I Have A Dream," "The Great Society," and
To Kill A Mockingbird
. One important idea that connects these three texts is the idea of equal rights under the law for all races in America.


I Have A Dream

The Great Society
Tone Words

"it started long before that"
"timid curiosity"

"great beacon of light"
"sacred obligation"

"catalog of ills"
"full enrichment of his life"
Reader's Mood
interested but afraid

hope and promise
faith in doing what is right
a history of being bad
living a good life
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