"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it... There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself."


What moves To Kill a Mockingbird to classic status is its morality and ability to draw sympathy out of readers as much today as when it was written in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird deals with heavy issues--courage, oppression, injustice and loss of innocence. Amazingly, it is able to handle these deep and sensitive areas without feeling depressing or preachy. Lee accomplishes this by making the narrator a child and allowing us to learn along with her.

Lee's writing makes it is easy to enter the world of depression era Alabama. Despite all the flaws of the town, it is also easy to love many things about the place and many of the characters. If you have not yet read To Kill a Mockingbird, you will not regret picking it up. If you read it awhile ago, it may be time to visit this world again (see The Story).

This novel has many themes in it including innocence, prejudice, racism, courage and law and integrity. After reading this novel, you will have been able to notice a few of these yourself. Themes help you understand the messages inside a book and it is very important you understand them.


Your goal is to better understand the themes and topics in the book To Kill A Mockingbird


Go through and learn about the different themes in the book; Courage, Law and Integrity and Loss of Innocence. On each page answer the questions about the particular theme or do the activity provided. Each page should not take longer then 15 minutes to finish. If you get stuck, simply ask for help, although if you have your novel you should be fine.

When you are done try out: The Quiz

  1. Law and Integrity
  2. Courage
  3. Loss of Innocence