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To Kill a Mockingbird Playlist

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on 4 May 2016

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To Kill A Mockingbird Playlist
Come a Little Closer
By Cage the Elephant
This song represents Jem and Scout misjudging Mrs. Dubose before they truly get to know her. They thought that Mrs. Dubose was an old witch, but in reality the reason she appeared to be so mean was because she had been trying to quit her morphine addiction. All she wanted was to die clean. Once Jem and Scout were punished by having to read to her, they realize that "things aren't always what they seem to be."
Waiting on The World to Change
By John Mayer
This song by John Mayer reveals the whole attitude of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is defending a black man accused of rape in the 1930's. Everyone in Maycomb is completely misjudging African Americans. It seems that Atticus is the only one in Maycomb who can actually see that racial prejudice is wrong.
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
By The Animals
This song represents Boo Radley. It says "I'm just a soul whose intentions are good, oh lord, please don't let me be misunderstood." Many frightening rumors went around town about Boo, so everyone has their own, untrue ideas regarding Boo and the Radley house. This is an incident where Boo was misjudged, and if he had one thing to say it would be that he doesn't want to be misunderstood.
Stand By You
By Rachel Platten
Atticus is defending Tom Robinson: a black man in the 1930's. The entire town of Maycomb is against the idea of standing by a black man in an era of such prejudice. The lyrics are "I'm gonna stand by you, even if we're breaking down, we can find a way to break through." Even though the town has misjudged Tom Robinson, Atticus is saying that he will stand by him no matter how hard it will be to defend him.
Eyes Open
By Taylor Swift
The Climb
By Miley Cyrus
Who Says
By Selena Gomez
Humble and Kind
By Tim Mcgraw
"Eyes Open," by Taylor Swift can be interpreted as a song to Tom Robinson, conveying that there are many people trying to break him down, or even kill him. The lyrics I'm referring to are, '"everybody's watching for you to break down; even when you're sleeping (sleeping), keep your eyes open." Relating these lyrics to the book, it would be telling Tom to watch out for the people who are misjudging him just because of the color of his skin.
This is a song that would be sung to Scout by her father, Atticus Finch. Scout misjudges Atticus' humbleness as being weak. He is much older than the other parents. She realizes once Atticus shoots the rabid dog, Tim Johnson, that he is more than just the father that she knows from home. The way Atticus raised Scout was to "always stay humble and kind...Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie." She thought this meant that Atticus had never got into trouble or could handle certain situations, but she was wrong.
In the book, Aunt Alexandria is a proper, ladylike woman who greatly disapproves of the way Scout dresses and acts. Scout is a tomboyish child who just likes to play outside and have fun. Aunt Alexandria comes to town and tries to turn Scout into something she's not. This songs states "who says you're not perfect" and "I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me," which suggests that Scout should stay true to herself no matter what Aunt Alexandria may think of her.
"The Climb" represents the major obstacle Tom Robinson and his family underwent in the sleepy town of judgemental Maycomb. Racial prejudice was at its peak. The court case against Tom made it very difficult for him to remain strong through due to the people who wanted him imprisoned. I think that this is definitely "The Climb," considering that almost everyone was against the Robinson's. "Just keep pushing on, cause there's always going to be another mountain. I'm always gonna wanna make it move. Always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I'm gonna have to lose."
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