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What song best describes the theme in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?the song needs to have...

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flakita1993 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2009 at 5:23 AM via web

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What song best describes the theme in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

the song needs to have clean lyrics!! i need help finding a song.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM (Answer #2)

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How about "Carefully Taught" from the musical South Pacific? The lyrics talk about how prejudice is not born in people, but is taught to them by their elders. "You've got to be taught, before it's too late. Before you are 6, or 7, or 8. To hate all the people your relatives hate..."

"Southern Man" by Neil Young is another possibility.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 3, 2009 at 4:43 PM (Answer #3)

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I would choose the slow melody of "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger, because it seems like many of the characters are on a road leading somewhere but only a few actually arrive.

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 4, 2009 at 7:06 PM (Answer #4)

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"Ain't No Reason" by Brett Dennen is concerned with themes of racism and prejudice. It calls for the sort of social change that "To Kill a Mockingbird" represents.

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litchick2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 5, 2009 at 8:40 AM (Answer #5)

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What a fun question!

Here are a few suggestions:

"Pasttime Paradise" Stevie Wonder - Deals with ideas of racism and prejudice and how this things should and will change.

"A Change is Gonna Come" Sam Cooke - A change, particularly in race relations, is going to come.

"People Get Ready" - The Impressions (written by Curtis Mayfield) - Written during the Civil Rights movement, obvious themes of race and prejudice

"Time of Your Life" Green Day- Song about growing up, particularly the darker aspects of it.


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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM (Answer #6)

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What about "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer. I think this describes the townspeople of Maycomb in the sense that they are waiting for the world to change, but are not really participating in the fight for justice in the trial. They want Atticus to do all the fighting for them and just assume that someone else will answer the call.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM (Answer #7)

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Strangely enough, Elvis's "In the Ghetto" would work well for describing the lives lived by the Ewell children, and John Mayer's "Father's Be Kind to Your Daughters" works well for not only how Bob Ewell should have treatedMayella (which would have then prevented Tom Robinson's fate) and also connects to how Atticus is trying to raise Scout.

"Where Is the Love?" by the Black-Eyed Peas also works well because it discusses what children are learning from their environment, different types of prejudice and hate, and even the government's involvement in spreading problems.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted August 4, 2009 at 5:38 PM (Answer #8)

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To take a slightly different turn in the theme song topic, how about "Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler?  Considering other themes besides prejudice and tolerance, I thought that the hidden courage of both Arthur Radley and Tom Robinson would be a perfect fit for this song.  I listened to it again, imagining an adult Scout singing it.  It fits perfectly!  There are no better characters who were "cold there" in the "shadow" than Arthur and Tom!  Quiet courage: something to be both lauded and applauded!  : )

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 17, 2010 at 8:31 AM (Answer #9)

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I think the Michael Jackson song, “I’m Starting with the Man in the Mirror,” would be great. Atticus raises his children to do the right thing and consider the feelings and needs of others. So he puts the burden of correct choices on them. Society only changes through the change of individuals.

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