In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are many themes present. One theme is that sometimes people are judged before they are known. Another theme is that sometimes people are not understood until you see what they see. The third and final theme is that sometimes people are wrongly accused of things that they would never even think of doing. These are all themes that will be described in the following paragraphs of this essay.
The first theme is that sometime people are judged before they are known. One example of this is Dolphus Raymond. He is not in the movie, but he is definitely present in the book. People think that he is a bad person because he spends all his time with black people. They think he does it because he is always drinking. When the kids get to know him, they find out that he is a good, sweet person who drinks coca-cola all the time, not alcohol. One quote that shows this is, "Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola."(200) Another quote is, "You just pretend you're half-? I beg your pardon, sir."(200) They do not think that people should hate him just because of who he lives with. That is one of the themes that are present in this book. .
The second theme that is present in this book is that sometimes people are not understood until you see what they see. One character who this is true of is Arthur Radley. At the end of the book and the movie, Scout takes Arthur home and stands on his porch. From there she sees what Arthur has been seeing the whole time. After standing on that porch, she notices that he must have been having fun inside that house because he could see her and Jem playing outside. He could see the whole neighborhood from the porch, so wherever Scout and her brother were, he could see them. She understood him after seeing the world from his perspective. One quote which shows this theme is, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .