Judging without a full knowledge of the facts of character or situation is folly. This is a definite theme in the text, relating to examples from Boo Radley and Atticus Finch to Tom Robinson and Mrs. Dubose. This idea is not restricted to race and not especially aligned with ideas of race.
The Cunninghams prove this point.
As #5 points out, there is a sense in which this excellent novel holds us up a mirror and asks us to look at ourselves in it to assess our own beliefs about discrimination and racism. Clearly, the novel argues for equality and deplores the way in which Tom is treated. Atticus is the hero of the piece for standing up for his belief in equality even when it puts both himself and his family in danger. However, discrimination is presented as something that is not just going to vanish and will continue to need to be challenged through brave characters such as Atticus. Are we as readers able to take on the challenge?
We are also invited to question our own views and...
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