To Kill A Mockingbird Theme Quotes Flashcard Example #51834

Growing Up
– “you never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”
: Atticus teaching a valuable lesson to Scout, treat people all the same

– “Im beginning to understand why Boo stays shut up in his house for so long”
: Jem starting to see Boo’s human side and how the situation he is in affects who he is. When he fully understands, the games around his house stops.

– “Jem shook his head. As Atticus fists went to his hips, so did Jem’s”
: Jem is starting to stand up for what he believes in and becomes decisive

– “you’re getting more like a girl everyday”
: Shows Jem exploiting the fact that Scout hates being called a girl to get her to do things

– ‘Boys don’t cook, I laughed at the thought’
: Shows how gender roles are fixed in Maycomb, boys doing girls activities is laughed upon.

– ‘You wan’t to grow up a lady don’t you?
: Uncle Jack asks a slightly rethorical question as he thinks she should say yes

– ‘There’s been a request that this courtroom be cleared of spectators or at least women and children’
: Women are seen as “fragile” and need to be protected from nasty cases like Tom’s

– “I wanted you to see what courage really is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand”
: Atticus teaching Jem what it takes to be courageous

– “Then he rose and broke our only remaining code of childhood”
: Jem shows courageousness when he tells on Dill ( for running away ) even though he knows it was controversial to Scout and Dill but it was the right thing to do.

Justice / Injustice
– “Just this once. Let the dead bury the dead”
: Heck Tate (Sheriff) proved he believed in justice as he took Bob Ewell’s death as justice for leading Tom to his death

– “How could they do it? How could they?”
: Jem doesn’t understand how the jury could be so anti-justice as they convicted the obviously innocent Tom Robinson – shows he has a strong sense of Justice.

( Main prejudice is racial prejudice )

– “He dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch”
: This quote as well as many others proves how prejudice people are towards Boo Radley, no one knows this about him, its all assumption that has become reality through repetitiveness.

– “Miss Maudie can’t serve on a jury because she is a women”
:Atticus teaches Jem about the inequality that infects Maycomb

– “whenever a white man does that to a black man…that white man is trash”
: Atticus Yet again Teaching Jem to stay true to himself and not follow the ‘crowd’ that will lead him astray from the reality of inequality.

– “He almost whispered it. In the voice of a child who was afraid of the dark”
: Shows how Boo is portrayed as some monster but really is a shy innocent boy

– “I go to school with Walter…and he does right well. He’s a good boy.”
: Scout, not fully understanding the situation, talks innocenty to Mr Cunningham in the angry mob seeking to hurt Tom Robinson.

– “That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me”
: Scout in her childhood innocence, doesn’t realize that Calpurnia doesn’t belong only to their lives, and has other situations going on in her life.

The Mockingbirds
– Tom is purely innocent but found guilty.
– Boo is portrayed as a monster but saves lives, is kind and completely the opposite to what people think of him.
– Relates to the theme of “senseless killing.”
General Suffering

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