Writing a To Kill a Mockingbird Analysis Essay

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By: Marie Fincher

September 24, 2015

Writing a To Kill a Mockingbird Analysis Essay or Other Paper

Most students are introduced to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' during their first two years of high school. The themes in this book which include hate, poverty, lack of education, and racism are subjects that students begin addressing around this age. This makes 'To Kill a Mockingbird' ideal for this age group. Later, when students are  in college, they are frequently asked to read this novel again. This often because they have matured and have gained some life experience that will allow them to analyze and study this book on a much deeper level. Of course, with any reading assignment in college, there is often a required essay. Things are no different when the assignment is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. However, it can be a bit more difficult to come up with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' essay questions than it is with other novels. This is because Harper Lee's novel is full of interesting characters, relationships, and many subplots. There are also many themes covered in the pages of this book. Because of this, we have come up with a few essay topics that we believe will help our readers when it is time to write a paper on this great American novel.

Essay Topic Ideas, Prompts, and Questions

Here are some essay ideas that our readers are free to use as written or to adjust for their own personal needs. If any reader cannot come up with an idea or find one that they believe they can use from this list, they are always invited to contact us for additional assistance. Please remember that we are available 24 hours a day.

  • Write a theme essay on the subject of ignorance as it is addressed in the novel. Which characters seem proud of their ignorance? How does ignorance influence prejudice?
  • Write a courage essay about the character, Atticus Finch. Is it a courageous act to simply do one's job? Should he have told people that he was forced to act as defense attorney in this case?
  • Write a character analysis essay about Mayella Ewell. Is she truly evil, or did she make the accusation out of fear?
  • What did the children learn from and about Boo Radley
  • Write a racism essay that compares racism in the time of the novel to racism today. Are things any better? Why or why not?
  • Why did the jury return a guilty verdict? Did they believe Tom was guilty, or were they afraid of the social impacts of indicating that they believed the word of a black man over the word of a white woman.
  • Write an analysis essay on the relationship between Scout and her father
  • Do you believe that there is an autobiographical element to this novel?
  • Write a compare and contrast essay between Atticus in the book and Atticus in Harper Lee's recently released novel
  • Is it still possible for racial prejudice to have influence in the modern court room?
Marie Fincher

While being committed to a number of charitable causes, like volunteering at special events or giving free art lessons to children, Marie doesn’t forget her vocation – writing. She can write about almost anything but has focused on time management, motivation, academic and business writing.