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To Kill A Mockingbird

Summary, Theme, Characters, Setting, Symbolism, Foreshadowing, and Local Color.
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Melanie Malsch

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Literary Devices Local Color Symbolism Foreshadowing Other Themes Characters Setting The story "To Kill A Mockingbird" takes place in a fictional town called Maycomb in southern Alabama during the 1930s. It revolves around an eight year old girl called Scout, her brother, and the events leading up to the summer he got his arm badly broken. Scout Finch is the main character. Her real name is Jean Louise Finch, but her brother, dad, and best friend/fiance, Dill, call her Scout, as it is more fitting to her tomboy nature.
Jem Finch is Scout's older brother.
Dill Harris is Scout and Jem's best friend. Every summer he comes to from Mississipi to stay with his Aunt Rachel. The three kids act out plays they make up together.
Atticus Finch is Jem and Scout's father, and a high-end lawyer who defends an African-American in court.
Calpurnia is the Finches' cook.
Aunt Alexandra is Atticus' sister who comes to help
out while Atticus is busy at work.
Boo Radley is their neighbor who never comes out,
which of course intrigues the children. Maycomb, Alabama is the place in which To Kill a
Mockingbird is set in, as a town in the deep south.
In this time period and location, segregation and discri-
mination are highly common. At this point in time, they
are also in the Great Depression and on the verge of World War II. Aside from this major theme, there are several other
smaller themes that are frequently brought up.
Jem and Scout learn about types of people and what life is really like as they get older and can understand things like this. There's also a theme of protection and defense of the innocent. Love and patience for every one is another theme too. Local color is a literary device used to make a fictional
place seem realistic. Harper Lee does this by adding
lots of little details that contribute to the sculpture of the
town of Maycomb. Things like the town people's conversations or their activites. She even uses the way they speak as characterization of the town. Through out the entire story there are little events or dialogues that add to the ways of Maycomb. "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird." This line of the story ties into major symbolism used throughout the story. Mockingbirds are people who do no harm, are quite innocent, and good at heart, thus everyone agrees to leave them alone. Several people in the story are considered "mockingbirds," like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Summary Theme People can have good and bad qualities about them, and it's our part to understand the bad qualities. There are several times in the book where foreshadowing is used. One example of this is when the dog comes down the street and is shot. This is foreshadowing to Tom Robinson's death. Also, Atticus shooting the dog even though it's not his job alludes to his defense of Tom Robinson, even though he doesn't have to. The roly-poly incident is foreshadowing, along with the destruction of Scout's costume. Cecil Jacobs hiding behind the building also foreshadows Bob Ewell's attack on Jem and Scout.
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