Name: Ashley Barkley
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Setting: Lee 's novel takes place in the 1930s in the small, old Alabama town of Maycomb.
Point of View:
The story is told in 1st person by a main character, a young girl named Jean Louis Finch. Throughout the book Miss Finch is known as Scout.
Across the novel there are many different themes that take place. An example of one the themes is the idea of misconception. This theme is shown in many different ways and with many of the characters. Mr. Dolphus Raymond is a white man who not only lives with african-americans but has black children of his own. He is notorious for being a drunk ever since his first wife shot herself do to his ways. …show more content…
Racism is the obvious external conflict which is an example of man vs man conflict. In To Kill a Mockingbird there are several references to racism, the most obvious claim is Tom Robinson 's trial, where he is accused of raping a Mayella Ewell. Atticus as Robinson 's his attorney, is able to prove that both the victim and her father lied in court to help their own dignity. Internal conflict is shown when a person is dealing with their mind. Tom Robinson has to know that he has a very slim opportunity of being proclaimed innocent by the white man in then jury. Atticus assures him many times that there is a likely possibility of an appeal and that Robinson will be freed then. However, Tom loses faith after he is sent to prison, he then can not follow Atticus 's promise to never give up hope. Robinson decides to take matter into his own hands and tries to run away from the rat infested jail, and is shot to death by the prison …show more content…
Atticus 's sister does not apear in till later on in the novel when Atticus is working long nights on the case. Very little is known about the Finch 's Aunt. She still helps the plot flow by aiding Atticus in a time of need; she also informs Jem and Scout where they can from and the hard work it took their ancestors to reach the point where they are at.
In the every beginning of Lee 's book we notice that Jem is young and immature and his ways. Over the course of events we see Jem grow up and slowly becoming a man. Jem believes that a real man is one who knows how to shoot a gun and over rule their peers. We see Jem change in what he believes a man is by the interactions with people in the conflicts he faces. Jem Finch is a main charactor but also a dynamic charactor because of his coming-of-age change.
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Everyone goes through different changes as they grow up. Maturing, coming of age, and doing the right thing are important themes in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. This theme is most often seen in the character Jeremy “Jem” Finch. He portrays this theme when he begins to enter puberty and becomes a young man. Jeremy starts to become more independent, wiser and more able to comprehend adult situations; Jem begins to get a better grasp on things. Other characters that demonstrate this theme are Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, and Arthur “Boo” Radley. Harper Lee shows how Scout comes of age in similar ways to Jem. Scout begins to grow up and become more tolerant of others by “putting herself in another person’s skin”. Boo displays his “coming of age” in a somewhat different way than Jem and Scout. There’s a scene in To Kill A Mockingbird where Boo has the chance to do the right thing by putting himself in harm’s way in order to save lives, and he takes the chance. To Kill A Mockingbird is a book that is overflowing with the theme “coming of age” (whether it is shown through the main character or others). This theme is important to the story because these characters are a small example of the changes that Maycomb needs to undergo. Jeremy Finch is the character in which this theme is most represented in.
Jem Finch has come a long way since his humble beginnings as a naive ten year old child. He has come to understand the real meaning of courage, gone from playmate to protector for his sister and has grown enough to understand the workings of the real world, and see the negatives and positives of society. His maturity has been quick and the changes great, and over the years he has come to adhere, respect and carry out Atticus`s legacy and use his father`s ideals to shape his lifestyle. Due to the course of events, his adolescent changes and Atticus`s influence, Jem has matured from a reckless child into a young man capable of making his own decisions.
The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, is an American classic, narrated by the young Scout Finch, the most engrossing character in the book. The novel is about the adventures of two siblings over the time of about three years. Jem and Jean Louise (Scout) Finch were two young siblings who one day met another young boy named Dill. Over time, Jem and Scout grow up under the careful watch of their father and friends, learning how to be adults. They play games, they sneak into a courthouse, and they learn a valuable life lesson. Scout was an intriguing character. As the narrator, you learn more about Scout’s feelings towards the events in the book and soon learn to love her. Let me introduce you to Scout Finch.
... (Lee 152). Jem protects his father even though the mob is threatening to beat them up. This is atypical behavior for a boy at such a young age, but very brave. Jem is a complex character who changes a great deal in the novel. He begins the novel as a boy and ends as an adult.
Jem, a character in the novel whom develops from an unseasoned boy, to a pubescent boy, then to a youthful man, grimaces through a great deal of development within himself. These developments led to distinct changes socially and mentally within Jem. Author Harper Lee used the development of characters as a whole, to
In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells the story of coming-of-age and the loss of innocence through the character Jem. Through recurring events, Jem is faced with the realization of society’s injustice, and is left questioning the world he lives in. During a time of rampant racial discrimination and prejudice in the south, Jem transforms from naivety to maturity.
To Kill a Mocking Bird is narrated retrospectively from the view of Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch a lawyer of Maycomb, and younger sister of Jem. The informal vocabulary of the narration is still good enough to suggest it is spoken from the view of an adult Scout, (looking back at her childhood) but is casual enough to be understood by most readers.
Although Jem initially was very childish, the events of the story caused him to have a change of attitude as he matured; by the end of the novel, he is a much matured young adult. This development would not have been possible without Bob Ewell trying to attack Jem and Scout or the Tom Robinson court case. Because Jem learns this lesson, it is clear that Harper Lee intended for her audience to understand what real courage is all
Jem is a dynamic character that experiences many evident changes throughout the course of the novel. At the beginning, Jem was a childish, playful boy. However over the span of two years he grew to be more calm, composed and mature figure resemblance to that of his father, Atticus. Harper Lee has incorporated the theme
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel about the act of growing up. The main character is a girl named Scout Finch who is the narrator as well as the protagonist of the story. She is a very curious person for someone of her age. The book discusses what she learns about people and about life. In the primitive stages of the novel Scout’s narrating is very childish, humorous, and innocent, although as the novel progresses it becomes increasingly dark. It takes place between 1933 and 1935 in a small quiet town called Maycomb located in southern Alabama. Scout’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer. Their family struggle’s with money because his clients are poor. Scout lives with her father, her brother Jem, and their cook Calpurnia. Her mother passed when her and Jem were young, for they continuously morn in her absence. However, they look forward to the summers due to the fact that their friend Dill comes and stays next door. They go on many adventures together.
“‘Old Mr. Bob Ewell accused him of rapin’ his girl an’ had him arrested an’ put in jail---’” (Lee 164). To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, takes place in a settled town called Maycomb in Alabama. It is based during the early 1930’s when the Great Depression hit. Poverty reaches everyone from families like the Finches to the “white trash” Ewells. Soon the settled town Maycomb gets into conflict characterized by poverty, racism, and domestic violence.
The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, takes place during a racially intense time in history. Harper Lee’s novel was intended to bring a harsh sense of reality to the real world, and demonstrate how it really was during this time in history. This novel is set in Maycomb, Alabama, somewhere during the time period of 1925-1935. Times were hard for the citizens of Maycomb during this period, because of the depression. There are many fictional events in this novel related to non-fictional racial events in history.
Aunt Alexandra is Atticus' sister. She moves to live with Scout and Jem because she wants to teach them the right way of growing up since their mom is dead. As she watches them grow up, she grows up mentally also. “People up there set them free, but you don't see them setting at the table with them. At least we don't have the deceit to say to them ‘yes, you are as good as we are but stay away from us’ said Mrs.
The major conflict in the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” is when Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewell’s daughter. And Atticus Finch agrees to protect Tom Robinson in his case. So the rest of the Finch family is taking racial abuse because their dad is protecting an African American. The conflict in the book is external because it is Tom against the town of Maycomb. Since he is African American the opposite race is looking badly upon him and anyone who is on his side. The conflict in the story is some what resolved Tom is still found guilty and is sent to jail. But tried to escape and got shot. Bob Ewell sent a lot of threats to the Finch family, and tried to kill Scout and Jem one night but Boo Radley saves them and stabs Ewell. The Sheriff knew that they would want to send the dad to trial to, he protect him and said Ewell must have tripped on his own knife. That is how the major conflict is resolved.
In the beginning, all was good and calm in the lives of the Finches. Members of the family included Atticus, Jem, Scout, Aunt Alexandra, and Calpurnia. The relationship of two of the main characters, Atticus and Jem, is of particular interest.