Which To Kill a Mockingbird topic would be easiest to write an essay? Explain.
1) dynamic character: Jem's loss of innocence
2) minor characters: important ideas revealed
3) characterization of Atticus Finch
4) comparisons that reveal theme
First, I would suggest you choose the topic with which you feel most comfortable and which you best understand. I would probably choose the "minor characters" topic, though that may actually be the least popular choice among others. I find many of the minor characters fascinating, particularly Dolphus Raymond and B. B. Underwood. They both fit into the theme of appearances not fitting reality: Raymond is "fascinating" to Scout despite his "sinful" reputation, a wealthy man who fools the citizens of Maycomb into believing he is a mentally unstable drunkard. He is neither. Underwood, who "despises Negroes," nonetheless defends Tom (and Atticus) at the jail and later scolds the townspeople of Maycomb about the circumstances of Tom's death. Other interesting minor characters you may consider are Lula, the racist black woman who tries to prevent Jem and Scout from entering her "nigger church"; Little Chuck Little, Scout's brave classmate; Cousin Francis, Scout's obnoxious relative with gender issues; and the Misses Tutti and Frutti, another pair of author Harper Lee's eccentric women from TKAM.