Themes and symbols

By Harper Lee Release Year: 1960

You won’t find an educated person in the United States who hasn’t heard about the Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the most far-famed novels of XX century, it has set a gold standard of American adolescent literature. Being a book that reveals the emotional experiences of a little girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, it focuses on a discrepancy between the child’s expectations and a grown-ups’ reality.

The events of the book unfold in the fictional town Maycomb, Alabama in the times of the Great Depression. The town embodies the collective image of typical southern provinces of the 1930s and its life in all its social and economic severity.

So we have two dimensions of a narrative:

- the world of children's hopes and pure feelings, on the one hand,

- and the world of adults full of injustice and cruelty, on the other.

That makes the thematic range of the book wide and diverse. Let’s consider the central topics discussed by the author.