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Is there a song that best relates to theme in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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baher15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2008 at 9:22 AM via web

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Is there a song that best relates to theme in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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tpisano | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:36 PM (Answer #2)

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I think that "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer is an excellent example of a song that relates to the theme of this book. 

Prejudice and Tolerance are the main themes in the book.  This song relates to those same themes.  The lyrics, which state :

"Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could

Now we see everything that's going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

could be the thoughts and words of Atticus who was waiting for the world around him to realize that it was wrong to judge a person based on their race.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:36 PM (Answer #3)

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There's a song called "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holliday which highlights the cruelty and unfairness of prejudice and racism directed to black people.  It's a haunting tune worth studying.

Listen for free here: http://www.last.fm/music/Billie+Holiday/_/Strange+Fruit

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/billie+holiday/strange+fruit_20017859.html

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pariskitty | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:36 PM (Answer #4)

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If you go to this link you'll find my powerpoint in Strange Fruit - I made it for my Year 10 students -

 

http://www.slideshare.net/pariscat/strange-fruit-presentation

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