Hypothetical Sountrack for To Kill A Mockingbird

Hypothetical Sountrack for To Kill A Mockingbird

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"Sugar We're Going Down"
Fall Out Boy
pp. 75-76

I chose "Sugar We're Going Down" because Atticus decides to defend Tom Robinson. Lines 9 and 10 say, "We're going down, down in an earlier round and sugar we're going down swinging." This relates to the book in that Atticus knows that he will lose the case, but will try his hardest because he knows it is the right thing to do.

"Landslide"
Fleetwood Mac
p. 115-117

Lines 10 through 13 of the song "Landslide" talk about how things change and "children get older." Scout is bothered by how her brother is changing because he is getting older. She realizes how much she misses Dill and that his life has changed and also that their relationship has changed. Another change addressed in these pages is that not everyone agrees with her father defending Tom Robinson.

"Forever Your Girl"
Paula Abdul
p.116

The first 4 lines in the song "Forever Your Girl" relate to the book because Scout and Dill think that they will always be together. "Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking." Also, in a letter Dill wrote to her he "concluded by saying he would love me forever and not to worry, he would come get me and marry me as soon as he got enough money together."

"Two Worlds"
Phil Collins
p. 119

When Calpurnia was confronted by Lula about bringing Scout and Jem to a black church, Jem says, "‘Let's go home, Cal, they don't want us here.'" Zeebo, a black man who attends the church, says, "‘We're mighty glad to have you all here. Don't pay no ‘tention to Lula... she's a troublemaker from way back, got fancy ideas and haughty ways.'" Even though it is a black church, most of the congregation welcomes the white children. This identifies with line 10 of "Two Worlds."

"It's The End Of The World As We Know It"
DC Talk
p. 127, 131-132

When Aunt Alexandra says, "‘Your father and I decided it was time I came to stay with you for a while,'" Scout and Jem know that she will make new rules and run the house her way. "Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me." Aunt Alexandra has very different ideas than Atticus about how to raise children, especially girls, and Scout knows that she will have to change to please her aunt.

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