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To Kill A Mockingbird vs. Landslide

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Kaitlyn Ferreira

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Grade Ten English CPT: To Kill A Mockingbird vs. Landslide By: Kaitlyn Ferreira To Kill A Mockingbird Landslide About Me: born Stephanie Lynn Nicks (May 26th, 1948)
moved around a lot as a child.
considered "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll"
started a band called the Fritz Raybyne Memorial Band in high school
joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 with high school sweetheart Lindsey Buckingham
been nominated for 13 Grammys
suffered from severe drug use (cocaine and tranquilizers) for many years
eventually left the band due to artistic differences but returned in 1997 Landslide (1975) About the Song written by Stevie Nicks while on a trip in Colorado
inspired by many events happening at the time
was Stevie Nick's first contribution to the group though it was never released as a single
got to #71 on Billboard's Top 100
Landslide has been covered by bands such as Paramore, Smashing Pumpkins and the Dixie Chicks

CD: Fleetwood Mac
Label: Reprise
Side 2, Track 8 Both works use retrospective first-person narration: "I took my love and I took it down/ I climbed a mountain then I turned around..."

"When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back at them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident..." Both have themes of 'seeing':

"And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills..."

"I just want to see him (Boo Radley)!" The theme of change is very prevalent. Both are afraid/ dislike the idea of change:

"Well I've been afraid of changing..."

"With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable." Scout and the narrator (Stevie Nicks) are both hugely influenced by their fathers:

Stevie Nicks' father went in for surgery the night Landslide was written.

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” Age and growing up is relevant to both works:

"Children get older, I'm getting older too..."

"(Jem's) eyebrows were becoming heavier, and I noticed a new slimness about his body. He was growing taller." In both works, important questions (often rhetorical) are asked that need to be answered:

"Can I handle the seasons of my life?"

"Do you really think so?" Both works "open at the close":

Jem's broken arm appears in the beginning and end of the novel.

The idea of being taken down by the landslide starts the song and ends it. Voluntary isolation is present in both works:

The narrator voluntarily goes on a trip up a mountain for self-discovery.

"I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside." The theme of innocence/loss of innocence is present in both works:

"Children get older."

"Mockingbirds don't do any harm but make music for us... That is why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." There is a theme for need of human understanding:

"Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?" (Can I survive the world and people around me?)

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Most characters of the novel refuse to break social norms (either from fear or being stubborn):

"In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life." People are willing to break social norms:

"Time makes you bolder."

(The 1970's were a time of self-discovery) Scout is very wise beyond her years and has an inner adult:

She can easily speak about rape and the Tom Robinson case to Atticus. The Narrator is immature in the sense that she is more child than adult:

"Can the child within my heart rise above?" Scout proves that she is an independent person:

She consistently defies Aunt Alexandra because she believes that she doesn’t have to be a lady. The narrator of this song is very dependent on a particular person in her life:

"Well I've been afraid of changin' because I built my life around you." Scout is very self-aware. She knows who she is and never questions it:

"Mr. Cunningham, don't you remember me? I'm Jean Louise Finch!" Narrator is not very sure of herself and needs a trip of self-discovery to find out who she really is:

"I climbed a mountain then I turned around." The setting of Alabama does not make a huge impact on the story (except for certain character traits):

"(There was) nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.” Everyone has someone to lean on in the novel:

Atticus has his children, Scout has Jem and Dill.... etc. Scout has an affinity for making decisions and sticking to them (some may call it being stubborn):

She somehow believes that it's Walter's fault for her getting in trouble, so she beats him up and is opposed to inviting him over for lunch. The setting of the song really affects the narrator. The "mountains" and "snow-covered hills" set the tone for change and self-discovery. At this point in time, Stevie Nicks (writing as the narrator) is really confused in her life. She has so many decisions to make about school, family and her love life that she can't focus:

"I was also trying to make some decisions. You know, If you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills...I was trying to figure out what I was going to do. I wasn't making it big in the music business. I was confused. He told me I should give it about six months and I kind of agreed with him... " (Arizona Living Magazine) At this point in time, the narrator has no one to turn to in her life:

Her father was going in for surgery, Lindsey Buckingham was thinking of breaking it off with her and she was completely alone in Colorado.
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