To Kill a Mockingbird - Good and Evil

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Good and Evil in To Kill A Mockingbird


The main theme within To Kill A Mockingbird is the exploration of the moral nature of humans. It is exploration of whether people are essentially good or essentially evil through the eyes of Scout as she and her brother, Jem, move from childhood innocence to mature understanding adults.

As a result from this transition the novel explores the themes of threat, hatred, prejudice, racism and ignorance. These themes show how innocent people can be betrayed by ignorance. Even Jem is victimized to an extent when he discovers the evil of racism during and after the trial of Tom Robinson. Scout is also able to sustain her faith in human nature.

The moral voice in To Kill a Mockingbird is embodied into Atticus Finch is unique in the novel because he understands people without losing faith in them when evil occurs:

·         Atticus accepts people for what they are (good and bad qualities included).

·         He also accepts these points and tries to see through other people’s eyes

·         Atticus can admire Mrs Dubose’s courage whilst he deplores her racism

·         Scout learns from her father and at last sees Boo Radley in this way and accepts him for who he is.

Moral Importance

The education of children forms a large part of the novel. The theme of education and


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