Can anybody select six quotations (and the names of those who said them) which could help in discussing the theme of the novel?

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There are many different themes that run throughout Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Below are some quotations that refer to the various themes.

PREJUDICE.  There are several forms of prejudice displayed during the novel. Racial bigotry is the primary one, but Boo (and several other minor characters) also suffer from types of social misjudgments.

"I ain't ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man." (Reverend Sykes, Chapter 21)

"Cry about all the simple hell people give other people... the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too."  (Dolphus Raymond to Scout and Dill, Chapter 20)

TOLERANCE.  Atticus preaches to his children to try and see things from the other person's point of view to understand both sides of a story.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (Atticus to Scout, Chapter 3)

INNOCENCE.  Another primary theme of TKAM is that of the inherent innocence of some people. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are the primary adult "mockingbirds;" most of the children in the story--particularly Jem, Scout and Dill--are also included.

"Shoot all the blue jays you want... but remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."  (Atticus, Chapter 10)

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us."  (Miss Maudie, Chapter 10)

He likened Tom's killing to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children...  (Editorial by Mr. Underwood, Chapter 25)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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