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To Kill A Mocking Bird

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Transcript of To Kill A Mocking Bird

To Kill A Mocking Bird
By: Samantha Carr

The Main Characters
A Song to Describe TKAM
I chose Micheal Jackson Man in the Mirror. I chose this song because it goes along with the theme that the people in Maycomb automatically judge everyone. This is how they killed Tom Robinson because he was black and how they killed Boo Radley because he's different. It took until Scout and Jem took a look in the mirror and realized that they were no different than anyone else. This is what caused them to see that Tom was innocent and wasn't just some black man. They finally saw Boo Radley when they learned this and learned that Boo's an amazing person.
Allusions in TKAM
"I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it had really begun with Andrew Jackson” pg.8

" 'Indian-heads,' he said pg.39

"If she found a blade of nut grass in her yard it was like the Second Battle of the Marne pg. 47

" 'Hasn't snowed in Maycomb since Appomattox pg.69

"The Missouri Compromise was what licked us… pg.81

"...there were sit-down strikes in Birmingham; bread lines in the cities grew longer… pg. 118

" '...but for all he knows we mighta come straight out of Ethiopia durin' the Old Testament pg.164

"Mayella sounded like a Mr. Jingle in a book I had been reading pg. 185

" 'Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankee and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us pg.207

Maycomb had lost no time in getting Mr. Ewell's views on Tom's demise and passing them along through that English Channel of gossip, Miss Stephanie Crawford pg.244

Works cited
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. N.p.: Grand Central, 1987. Print.
Garrett, Siedah, and Glen Ballard. "Man in the Mirror." Rec. May 1987. Man in the Mirror. Micheal Jackson. Quincy Jones, 1988. CD.
Quote By Ellie Wiesel
Table of Contents
Slide 4: TKAM in summary
Slide 5: Description of the main characters
Slide 6: A diary entry by Jem Finch
Slide 7: A song to describe TKAM
Slide 8: Quotes from TKAM
Slide 9: Alussions in TKAM
Slide 10: Symbols in TKAM
Slide 11: A quote to describe TKAM
Slide 12: Works cited
To Kill A Mockingbird in Summary

To Kill A Mockingbird is a very heart wrenching book. It evokes every emotion you could ever hope to feel while reading a novel. It takes place in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama. It’s a very close knit town everyone knows everyone. It’s like a giant family there’s always the mischievous ones, the classy ones, the mean ones, the outcasts, and the one’s nobody likes.The people of Maycomb always stick together even if you're not the best of friends someone in the time of need is always supported. The main family of this story is The finch family. consisting of Atticus Finch the father, Jem Finch the son, and Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. Atticus is a prestige lawyer in the town of Maycomb. He raises his two children Jem and Scout without their mother who died. Atticus is a strong man who does his best at everything he does. Jem the older child is going through the change of life during this book which evokes his emotions. Jem does his best to protect his younger sister Scout. Though she doesn’t always see it this way this is what he wishes to do. Scout the narrator of the novel is a young girl who is beginning to grow up. She loves to hang with the boys and have a good time. The beginning of this book starts with just the story of the Finch family and their normal activities. This part of the book insights you on the characters and teaches you a lot about them. During this time we meet Dill a new friend of JEm and Scout. Dill, Scout, and Jem have a lot of fun together over there sumer’s in Maycomb. They’re always getting themselves into trouble. There biggest victim of michif is Boo Radley. A man who was forever stuck in his house for punishment for something he did as a teenager. No one ever see’s Boo RAdley so he’s always been a mystery to these kids. They spend their summer planning to find him. This then leads to the trail about Tom Robinson. Tom is a normal black man who lives in Maycomb who is falsely accused of rape. When Atticus is appointed to be his attorney this cause a big fuss in the white community. Especially for the finch family this is what causes Scout and Jem to change forever. Everyone in Maycomb has something to say about Atticus even his own sister chooses to define him. Scout who has always had anger issues gets into fights because of this which eventually teaches her to grow up. The kids never really understood their father until after this trail. Though Atticus may have lost as he was bound too the kids and a lot of other people in Maycomb learned a lesson. They learned that no matter the color of the skin everyone is the same. Atticus treated Tom no differently than any other client. Just because your skin’s a different color doesn’t make you better than anyone else. Jem is greatly affected by this new fact. It tears Jem up to see someone treated like this does the rest of the Finch family. Then after Tom is killed trying to escape something magnificent happens , nothing at all. The people of Maycomb never change. Tom was just some black man who did a crime and got killed. Few people actually care about what happened whether he was innocent or not. This is what changed the Finch children. They saw their father change his ways and see what people really are.. They started to see just because there father was older than most that he was indeed better than any other parent. After a fight with with someone who was after Atticus Jem was severely hurt. Then Scout’s biggest dream came true she finally saw Boo Radley and then it hit Scout and Jem that maybe it wasn’t that Boo was forced to hide but maybe he thought it would be better that way.
Scout
Scout:
Scout is a young playful girl. She isn't very girly for she grew up with only her older brother. She never knew her mother for she died when she was only a baby. It never bothers scout that she never knew her mother. She enjoys playing with the boys and being dirty. As hard as everyone tries Scout will never act like a true lady. Scout has had anger issues for as long as anyone can remember. She has always been one to start a fight with someone. She’s also always in trouble for her use of foul language. Though as this story progresses you see scout start to become a better tempered person. She learns to grow up and learn to brush off what people think. She even becomes somewhat of a lady
Jem
Jem:
Jem is a teenage boy who loves to be in charge. He gets it from his father , not to mention he wants to be a lawyer just like him. Jem truly loves his father and looks up to him greatly. Jem was round Scout age when his mother died. He remembers everything about her and misses her dearly. Throughout this book we see Jem become more of a man. He stops what seems to be childish games and fun. He becomes very mature especially with the happenings of the trial. As Jem goes through puberty he begins to see people in a new light. He learns to be much more understanding of what goes on around him. This later is the cause of his turmoil.
Atticus
Atticus:
Atticus is a older man. He has his two children Jem and Scout. He is widowed for his wife died not to long after scout’s birth. He does everything he can to raise his children right. He teaches them the best manners that he can while still letting them be kids. Atticus is a prestige lawyer in the town of Maycomb. He is a very respected man who always does the right thing. Atticus being the man he is never turns down a challenge.Though this challenge would be the hardest he would ever face. Atticus did his best and never gave up. This was what finally did it for his kids. They thought he was lame and never did anything cool. After they grew up and realized what was going on they realized what a great man there father was.
A Diary entry by Jem Finch

This trial has been the hardest for me. I can’t believe what’s happening. Mr.Ewell has done nothing but lied this entire trial. Everyone has aside from Tom Robinson. But now I finally understand what this is all really about, skin color. It doesn’t matter whether or not you're guilty or innocent it’s about your race. Tom Robinson is one of the best colored folk you will ever meet. He is nice and had the best manners. The Ewells are disgusting people from what Atticus tells me. They live next to the dump and are dirty nasty people. There’s eight children and Bob Ewell. They don’t go to school or have an education there always dirty and filthy. It kills me to know that Tom Robinson is an innocent man being convicted because he’s black. Atticus showed the jury all the faults in their story to prove it’s a lie. It waved right in there faces and yet still Tom was convicted. Everyone who knows him knows he’s innocent and it’s terrible to know he’s gonna die because of a lie. That rule is stupid anyways. You shouldn’t be put to death just for raping someone no matter what. Then they went and shot him when he was trying to escape! He was an innocent man who didn’t deserve to die. Oh how I hate the Ewell’s. They need to change the laws here in Alabama. The court is all messed up and I think Atticus should be the one to fix it.
Important quotes in TKAM
Quote !:
Quote 1: ““Are we poor Atticus?” Atticus nodded. “we are indeed.”” Pg. 27 Asked by Scout
This quote is important because it sets the setting for the novel. During this time period it’s the great depression and a struggle for everyone. It’s hard enough with everyone being poor and barely getting by but to live in Maycomb and to do it is even worse.
Quote 3:
Quote 3: “But remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” pg. 119 said by Atticus.
This quote is important because it tells the true meaning of the story. it’s s in to kill a mockingbird because they do nothing but bring us joy. Much like someone therein Maycomb. This person did nothing wrong but was sinfully killed by society.
Quote 4:
Quote 4: “ Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy” pg. 119 said by Mrs. Maudie Atkinson.
Mockingbirds do nothing but bring people joy like someone in this story. He may not always be seen or around. Though when someone is in trouble he’s the first to help. This quote is important to the book because it gives way to the true meaning of the book.
Quote 5:
Quote 5: “Scout, I couldn't go to church and worship god if I didn’t try to help that man.” pg.139 stated by Atticus.
This quote is important because it leads to the trial and Atticus’ character. Atticus has always taught to treat everyone equally. So when he was appointed to Tom Robinson he couldn’t just turn him down. If he did he would have disappointed god and ruined his good name. That is why this quote is so important to the novel.
Quote 6:
Quote 6: “We’re mighty glad to have you here.” pg. 159 said by Calpurnia’s sun Zeebo.
This quote is very important to the novel. The finch’s seemed to feel like everyone was against them. They had very few people to look to and the black’s were now one of them. The black’s were so appreciative for everything Atticus had done for them. They gifted him in every way possible. This was a strange because blacks and whites normally never got along until now.
Quote 2:
Quote 2:” Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” pg. 101 sated by Atticus.
This quote is important because it foreshadows the later events about the trial. It gives the reader a peek at what’s going to go on in the court room. It also shows us how strong Atticus’ will is. Even though he knows the trail comes down to race he’s not gonna give up.
Symbols in TKAM
The Mockingbird
The second Symbol in To Kill A Mockingbird would be the Mockingbird. To kill a mockingbird is considered a sin because they never do anything but bring joy to everyone around them with their beautiful voices. You can shoot as many blue jays as you want but you must remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. The mockingbird in this novel would be Boo Radley. Boo Radley was a man cast away by Maycomb long ago forever trapped in his house for a crime he commited. He had every chance in the world to leave his house but he didn’t want to. He didn’t want to go out and be ridiculed and made fun of by the poeple of Maycomb. Boo Radley never hurt anyone he was just a young michiveous teenager like the rest of us. It was a sin to kill him because he never hurt anyone, he never did anything so bad that everyone treated him like some kind of monster. Boo Radley wwas so important because Jem and Scout always saw him as a monster like they had always been told. Until the day they met him they realized that he wasn’t a bad man at all he was a perfectly sane person. He just knew better than everyone else to know that it’s better not to bother anyone but be there in someone’s time of need.
The Mad Dog
One of the symbols in To Kill A Mockingbird is the symbol of Tim Johnson the mad dog. He went mad and crazy much like many of the people in Maycomb. Though he acted most like Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was a man falsely convicted of rape just because of his race. So because of this false conviction he was sentenced to death in the state of Alabama. This caused him to act crazily much like Tim Johnson. When Tom Robinson then tried to escape he was immediately shot just like the dog. This is so important because the large basis of this book is on the trial at which Tom Robinson’s conviction. It created a large problem for the Finch family. It was a hard time for them and many other citizens in Maycomb. Though Tom was only a black man to others he was a real person to the Finch family and meant alot to them. Atticus did everything he could to get Tom off but it didn’t change a thing. This changed the Finch family forever especially Jem and Scout and that’s why it’s so important.
The lyrics are in the description
A Quote About TKAM
“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them” - Ellie Wiesel
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Chose this quote because it relates to the biggest problem that the characters face in TKAM which is racism. Everyone in Maycomb is worrying about their character, wether their better than some else, or about useless gossip. They all think there better than the blacks when really there all just the same. Were all humans we all lie, cheat, make mistakes and we all judge. Though to judge someone for there skin color is our biggest issue. Everyone has done it and some poeple will continue to do it. It took until someone like Atticus said you know what I don't care if Tom is black or not, he's innocent and there's no reason for a man to be put to death for a lie. He deffended him with everything he could though no one else realized what he did. After his children learn to live this way everything seemed to fall into place. There's no reason to judge someone for there skin color. THat's why I chose this quote to represent To KiIll A Mocking Bird.
"This book evokes every emotion you could ever think of having. It touches on all the real life problems people face. This book cause you to look at the world in a whole new way. "-Samantha Carr
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