Need help making a theme statement from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird! Thank you for all your help :)The theme I have chosen is about Scout growing up, specifically womanhood. How can I put that...

Need help making a theme statement from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird! Thank you for all your help :)

The theme I have chosen is about Scout growing up, specifically womanhood. How can I put that theme into one sentence? Thank you for all your help :)

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mrs-nelson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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A thesis statement is usually one sentence that describes what the enitre essay will be about.  A theme is a universal idea about the novel that everyone can relate to.  If your thesis is too narrow, you create a lot of work finding evidence to prove it. You might want to consider adapting your thesis to something that is a bit more broad. 

If you want to keep the focus on "womanhood" you could write about how women are treated overall in the novel and in this time period (include Scout, but not limited to just her).  If you want to keep the focus on Scout growing up, you could discuss the moral development of both Scout and Jem.  

An example thesis statement would be: "Scout and Jem are expopsed to many experiences that shape their sense of right and wrong, leading each of them to a greater understanding of the essential nature of mankind."  

Some other examples of more broad themes that you could find ample evidence from novel:

  • prejudice vs tolerance
  • loss of innocence
  •  judgement
  • loyalty
  •  acceptance

In addition, e-notes provides excellent examples of several themes and thorough explanations for each at the link below.  Good luck!  :) 

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