Back to All Events

Thematic Analysis of Atticus Quote

Complete a thematic analysis of an element within chapters 1-12 (by Monday, April 29th) whose significance is most clear in a statement by Atticus. For this multi-paragraph analysis, you must identify a quote from Atticus that you feel develops a thematic concept within the first 12 chapters. Analyze its development - the steps the novel takes to make its point. You might approach this by exploring how Atticus’ statements seem to prove true, or you may explore how his statements are influential in helping the children make sense of these thematic ideas. Remember that a theme should feel like an observation or a point about the world that the author is trying to make apparent - BUT IT IS NOT ADVICE OR AN EXPECTATION! Be sure to:

  • Consider the example thesis statement in Springboard as a model for the thesis you will write in your first paragraph: “In Chapter 10, Harper Lee uses the killing of the mad dog as a symbolic act to develop the theme that racism is a dangerous threat to any peaceful community.”

  • Use evidence from multiple chapters as evidence that Lee is developing the theme you identify!

Goals are to read closely so as to identify significant elements of character, setting, and theme, demonstrating this understanding by the comprehensiveness of the annotations and the thoughtfulness of the thematic analysis.

Exemplary Work will demonstrate a strong understanding of the material covered and how the author develops theme, possibly exploring why this theme would have mattered in the context of the novel.

Earlier Event: April 25
Close Read of TKaM Ch 11
Later Event: April 30
Ch 14 Finished