In this 20th century classic To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee allows us to see complex human difficulties through the eyes of a child. Through simple language, humor and brilliantly written characters, Lee raises timeless questions about equality, family and class which we all must face and come to understand. Her voice is an important one in the discussion of how we can be true to ourselves, our neighbors and our society.
Themes: family; fatherhood; childhood; equality; classes; justice; education
Watch with: Family Discussion; 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird
1- What is Dill’s role in the book? Why does Lee include him?
2- What do gossip and prejudice do to us? How do we rid ourselves of them?
3- What makes Atticus an effective parent? What principles does he honor?