What is an idea for writing an essay about ''What the world needs now'' that reflects ideas in To Kill a Mockingbird?What is an idea for writing an essay about ''What the world needs now'' that...

What is an idea for writing an essay about ''What the world needs now'' that reflects ideas in To Kill a Mockingbird?

What is an idea for writing an essay about ''What the world needs now'' that reflects ideas in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you want an essay on "What the world needs now," reflecting the content of To Kill a Mockingbird, you will do well to summarize some of the important themes in the novel. One such theme is that of freedom, liberty and equality. This theme lies at the heart of the novel as Tom, who is seen as inferior and contemptuously beneath any white person--he has no equality--loses his freedom when imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. He loses his liberty, in terms of all human rights, when he is convicted despite glaringly inadequate evidence.

To make a connection to what the world needs now by addressing an historic precedent, Thanksgiving is approaching and the purpose of Thanksgiving (regardless of cultural and educational bias) is to celebrate and give thanks for freedom, liberty and equality and for the preservation of the Union. On October 20, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the last of four Thanksgiving Proclamations in which he proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held on the last Thursday of November for perpetuity to celebrate Emancipation, the victorious progress of the Civil War, freedom and humanity (the Pilgrim colony celebrated Thanksgiving in October on the 17th, not in November).

One thing about our present era is that one thing the world needs now is the unrestrained, unrestricted actualization of freedom, humanity, liberty and equality both here in the United States and in countries abroad. Oppression and domination exist in many countries and on many levels from bullies in American classrooms to suicide terrorists to restrictive governments to nuclear threats and tests. An essay on "What the world needs now" that reflects To Kill a Mockingbird could easily use Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation 118 and the upcoming holiday (which through some incomprehensible means got turned into turkey feathers and pilgrim hats) to talk about the freedom, humanity, liberty and equality our world needs now.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a great open question for you to write about in your own style.  Open questions are a great opportunity but also a little intimidating if you're not sure where to start.  You didn't really ask a question here, but I assume you're seeking some help getting started on that plan.  The bad news is that no one on this site will write either a plan or an essay for you; the good news is that you really can't go wrong with this essay assuming you're organized and write well. 

So, start by deciding what you think the world needs now.  I'm not sure if this is in any kind of context, such as something you're reading or working on in class, but you will have to determine what you think.  Perhaps it's just one thing, such as peace; in which case, make a list of ways in which that might be achieved.  Perhaps it's several things; in which case, list the reasons why the world needs or would benefit from what you offer.  Once you've made the list or outline, create a strong one-sentence thesis statement which will give focus to your writing.  After that, it's just a matter of writing what you think, feel, and believe in an effective way, supported by examples and specifics.  Have fun with this!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The world needs more people who care about others.  That is one of the main themes in the book.  The lesson we learn is that when you stop thinking about yourself and focus on others, the world will be a much better place!!!