More good stuff from BBC Bitesize – this time on themes in To Kill a Mockingbird.
A theme is an idea that runs through a text. A text may have one theme or many. Understanding the themes makes the text more than ‘just’ a story – it becomes something more significant, because we’re encouraged to think deeper about the story and work out what lies beyond the plot.
The main themes that run through To Kill a Mockingbird are: Prejudice, Understanding, Loneliness, Courage and Innocence.
The themes interlock, but to start they are looked at separately. I know many students will wish to write about Atticus in their essays so as you go, think about the contribution Atticus makes to each one.
You will find the BBC material on themes here.