My year 9 english extension class are writing an essay on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" next week. Generally in essay's it is compulsory to discuss at least three themes in three body paragraphs, with one or more narrative elements to support these themes.
So far, I have two themes;
Tolerance can lead to understanding
childlike prejudice can lead to loneliness
I am planning on using Mrs Dubose to show how tolerance can lead to understanding, however, I cannot find any narrative elements to support this, any idea?
The children, Jem and Scout, are instructed by Atticus often to be tolerant. He bans their dramatic game where they played out the reported life of Boo Radley on the front porch and tells the kids not to make fun of others. Also Atticus instructs the children to try to understand others before judging them, or instead of judging them. This is one way that characters find tolerance through understanding.
I would choose a theme related to courage for Mrs. Dubose. Atticus says that she is the bravest person he knows because she fights off her morphine addiction before dying. She knows different kinds of courage, both mental and physical.
These are the four theme's my Eighth grade English teacher gave us on the book.
Education is not limited to the classroom, but is an important part of a person's everyday life.
Prejudice is responsible for much social injustice.
People often fear what they don't understand.
Courage is doing what you think is right when the odds of suceeding are against you.
If you used Mrs Dubose, you could also mention how she has been portrayed as brave because it mentions her trying to curb her medication addiction right until the end of her life.