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To Kill A Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
is set in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930's. It is told by Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. The novel is about Scout, her brother Jem, Dill, her neighbor's nephew, and Scout's father, Atticus. Atticus is given a court case defending Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Throughout the book Scout, Jem, and Dill grow and become mature and learn lots of things about their world.
Actions that Propels the Story
Atticus at the Jail protecting Tom.
Tom being convicted and killed.
Boo Saving the Children
Point of View
The story is told by Scout in first person. This impacts the story because it gives you a child's point of view on different scenarios that happen throughout the story. Many events would have a totally different view if an adult was telling about it. Their views on people, court, and racism would be different from children. It creates humor by her not knowing certain details about events that an adult would know.
Savannah Scott and Matilda Seay
Scout and Atticus
We argued for the American Justice System.We think it is fair because you get jurors from 12 from all different ethnic groups and those 12 different people get to speak their opinion on the case. We also get a fair judge that decides the punishment of the defendant in the cases. As Atticus says in the novel, "Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal (pg.205 Lee)."
Scout and Atticus
Atticus at the Jail
Tom was moved to the Maycomb County Jail days before the court session. Mr. Tate warns Atticus of the possibility of men coming and trying to harm Tom. The next night Atticus stays the night at the jail to protect Tom. Surely, the men come and try to get Atticus to leave his post guarding the jail. Scout interferes and brings the men to their senses by asking Mr. Cunningham about his son. This scene is important because it shows how much the kids care about Atticus and how much Atticus cares about Tom Robinson.
Atticus tells the court room what he believes about equality in court. "The stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court. It can be the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve."
This scene is important because it shows how Atticus says the court should be fair for everybody.
Tom Being Convicted and Killed
Tom Robinson was convicted on assaulting Mayella Ewell. Although many believe he did not commit the crime, he was still found guilty and went to jail. During his jail time he attempted to run away, resulting in death.This is an important scene because he was convicted due to racism during the time, even though there was reasonable doubt.
Boo Saving The Children
While Scout and Jem were walking home from the Halloween play, they felt like someone was following them.When the children were close to home the figure attacked them from behind. Scout ran to get help while Jem was still laying unconscious on the sidewalk. In the police report they say that it was Bob Ewell who attempted murder and killed himself by landing on his knife. Atticus believes that they were rescued by Boo Radley. This is an important scene because it shows that Boo is misunderstood and he isn't what the rumors say he is.
We think this book has survived and thrived for 60 years because of the meaning behind the book. This book is about prejudices against all sorts of people. It shows how an adult's of Maycomb minds has been altered to believe in rumors and racism while the children, who are naive aren't altered by the differences between people.
The kids walking home from the play/party
Atticus in the jail
Atticus standing while doing his speech
Tom Robinson court
Stand up for what you believe in even if you stand alone.
“If you shouldn’t be defendin‘ him, then why are you doin’ it?”
“For a number of reasons,”said Atticus. “The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (Ch. 9)
He is standing for what is right and is doing the right thing by defending Tom fairly.
Francis rose and sprinted down the catwalk to the old kitchen. At a safe distance he called, “He’s nothin‘ but a negro-lover!”
“He is not!” I roared. “I don’t know what you’re talkin‘ about, but you better cut it out this red hot minute!” (Ch. 9)
Scout doesn't know what Francis is talking about it but she knows it isn't good and he is disrespecting her dad, she is standing up for her dad and is doing what she knows is right.
“Entailments are bad,” I was advising him, when I slowly awoke to the fact that I was addressing the entire aggregation. The men were all looking at me, some had their mouths half-open.
Here Scout stands up for her dad when her dad is protecting Tom Robinson from the gang.
Jem changes majorly throughout the story. He starts out as naive fifth grader, but slowly learns what the real world is like. From experience with Mrs. Dubose and the court case he matures greatly. His maturity influences Scout greatly. Jem believes in equality and doesn't understand why people were prejudice. "It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. “It ain’t right,” he muttered." (Lee Ch.22)