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To Kill a Mockingbird and Impact of Literature

1. Write an analysis of the themes, conflicts, characters, and symbolism/motifs in To Kill a Mockingbird.
2. Summarize the main points of the book as you see them and the message Harper Lee wanted readers to take away from it.
3. Has this book left a mark on your life? How? If not, why not?
4. Give your thoughts on how literature can provide a mirror of life into the lives of others.
5. You have read examples of short fiction, and poetry, as well as a novel. Comment on the different forms that a story can take and what they each offer to a discerning reader.
6. Finally, discuss how literature can provide a mirror that illuminates life lessons or helps people understand their own struggles and triumphs in life. Which of the assigned readings besides To Kill a Mockingbird stand out and will have an effect on you as you move through life?

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For starters, you need to analyze the themes, conflicts, characters, and symbolism/motifs in To Kill a Mockingbird. Some of the major themes dealt with good vs. evil, morality in society, and inequality. You should be able to back up these themes with multiple examples from the book. Some of the conflicts include the attitude that this small-town society had with Tom Robinson; Scout and her many conflicts with her aunt Alexander, Walter Cunningham Jr. and Calpurnia; and Atticus' conflict with the town over his representation of Tom Robinson. There were also multiple conflicts with the Ewell family. As for symbols, the most significant was the mockingbird because of what it represented in relationship to the story. If you explore this as a major symbol, you will be right on track.

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This entry discusses the themes, conflicts, characters, and symbolism/motifs in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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