Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird The story of To Kill a Mockingbird takes place during the 1930s in a small town in Alabama in the southern United States - much like the town where the author Harper Lee herself grew up. To understand what the book is saying about racism, you need to know something of the history of race relations in the southern USA. Plot ---- The novel is about three years in the life of the Finch family: Atticus and his son Jem and daughter Scout. They live in the town of Maycomb in Alabama, where whites are in control and blacks are second-class citizens. Atticus is a lawyer and the central incident of the novel is when he defends a black man, Tom Robinson, against the charge of raping a white girl. The story is told in the first person by Scout Finch, a young girl - so we see things through her eyes and from her point of view, and sometimes we need to reinterpret what she tells us. Chapters 1 - 3 ============== Jem (aged 10) and Scout (aged 6) meet Dill (aged 7), who has come to stay with his aunt in Maycomb during the summer vacation. Dill becomes interested in 'Boo' Radley, a recluse who lives next door to the Finches and whom they have never seen. A myth has grown up locally about Boo and the children are scared of him. It is Dill's idea to make Boo come out. After that vacation, Scout starts school. Since she can already read and write, yet is told she is doing them wrongly by her inexperienced young teacher, she takes an immediate dislike to school. She gets into trouble when she tries to explain to her teacher why Walter Cunningham, from a very poor family, ... ... middle of paper ... ...heir name. They are innocent and do nothing wrong, so should not be harmed. Is it significant that Atticus' surname is Finch? Perhaps he too is like a mockingbird in some ways. Tom Robinson was innocent did nothing wrong, but was found guilty. After Tom died when trying to escape from prison, Mr Underwood writes an editorial in the Maycombe Tribune which emphasises the symbolism: He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children. Boo Radley is another innocent, good person who is in jeopardy. When he kills Mr Ewell to protect the children, he should have been brought before a court, but Heck Tate decides to report that Mr Ewell fell on his knife in order to spare Boo. Scout understands this: "bringing Boo to court would be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"

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  • Analyzes how scout finch, a young girl, tells the story in the first person.
  • Narrates how jem and scout meet dill, who has come to visit them.
  • Analyzes how jem invites walter to lunch with walter, who will not be able to pay it back.
  • Narrates how jem tries to deliver a note to boo on the end of the fishing pole.
  • Narrates how scout and dill sneak out to check if scout is all right. a gang arrives.
  • Narrates how she walks home in, to hide her embarrassment. it is a dark night.
  • Explains that tate knows it was boo who killed him, and they agree to put out the story.
  • Explains that scout is 6 years old at the start of the story and 9 years later.
  • Narrates how she is insulted when jem says to her, "i declare to."
  • Analyzes how she knows boo will be happier in the dark of the back.
  • Opines that we have to work out things for ourselves. scout is too young and too.
  • Explains that scout was 2 and he is bringing the children up on his own.
  • Opines that he loves and admires his father, which is one of the reasons why.
  • Analyzes how he casts himself in the hero role in their film.
  • Explains that he is more mature than scout and has a better grasp of the trial.
  • Explains that jem's broken arm is the first thing that we hear about in the novel.
  • Explains that he is a quick thinker and explained the loss of jem's trousers.
  • Narrates how she lives in the black community on the edge of the town.
  • Explains that she is well-educated, one of only four people in her church who can speak english.
  • Explains that his left arm is crippled as the result of an accident at work.
  • Opines that he is intelligent and leaves a knothole in the knot hole.
  • Explains that jem grows to love the children next door whom he watches.
  • Opines that they sympathize with her as she did try to be clean.
  • Narrates how she was so attracted to tom that she saved up over a whole year.
  • Explains that he has no job and lives off social security money. he uses the money to make ends meet.
  • Opines that he is rude and ill mannered at the trial - calling the judge.
  • Analyzes how atticus proves him to be a liar at the trial.
  • Opines that atticus is bitter at having been shown up during the trial.
  • Explains theme is an idea that runs through a text. a text may have one theme.
  • Opines that father in the leg with a pair of scissors) he "hadn't the heart to put"
  • Analyzes how a man matures physically — he is proud of the hair on his chest and grows.
  • Narrates how one of his family on the jury goes on to disperse the mob.
  • Describes how maycomb begins to learn as a result of the trial.
  • Explains that she has no friends of her own age and no one to love her. she grows pretty
  • Opines that it's a sin to sing their hearts out for us.
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