What is the universal theme in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The universal theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is coming of age.

A universal theme is one that applies to almost everyone, and every situation.  Universal means it applies to everyone.  Many universal themes are related to conflict in some way.  This book’s universal theme is related to Scout’s growth from a child to an understanding of the adult world.  Coming of age means growing up.  Although there are not a lot of years going by in this book, Scout grows up quickly over a short period of time through the conflicts related to Tom Robinson’s trial and Boo Radley’s isolation.  She learns about race and racism, and about class and discrimination.  She also learns about redemption and justice.  At the end of the book, she is a far different girl than at the beginning.



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