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To Kill A Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird
Jean Louise Finch (aka Scout) lives in Maycomb, Alabama where citizens discriminate people that have different races. When the Ewells begin accusing Tom Robinson for "assaulting" Mayella, new things come across for the Finch family. Since Scout's dad (Atticus) is the lawyer for Tom Robinson, the people of Maycomb sometimes drag Scout into all of the Atticus's troubles. Before all this catastrophe, Scout, Jem and Dill were the best of friends during the summers. They always had a theory about Boo Radley (Scout and Jem's neighbor) being a ghost and such. While their past summers might have been all fun and games, this summer they have to deal with some real world problems.
Jean Louise Finch/Scout is known in Maycomb as the tomboy. Many people want her to act more like a lady, but the only reason she is not doing so is because of her brother Jem. In part 1 Jem said she shouldn't be acting like a girl because they are annoying and he doesn't prefer them, but in part 2, Jem tells her to act more like a lady. Scout occasionally picks fights like with her cousin Francis when he said something offensive about Scout's Dad (Atticus).
Jem is the secondary character in this story that is introduced as a young boy, but by the end of the story he is a maturing adult. He is very determined in what he is doing and can sometimes get ahead of himself. He is also very protective of Scout like when Bob Ewell attacked the two.
Atticus Finch- A respectful lawyer and the loving father of Jem and Scout.
Boo (Arthur) Radley- The neighbor of Jem and Scout. Dill, Jem, and Scout antagonize him during the summer.
Charles Baker Harris (Dill)- A loyal midget friend of Jem and Scout, who has been with them through ups and downs.
To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb County, Alabama. This book was during the Great Depression/Golden Age. These times were terrible for all families in the United States because of the lack of income and the terrible events occurring behind closed doors. Atop a dirt road lies the Finches' house. Scout, Jem and Dill spent most of their time hanging around the front yard, trying to get Boo Radley to come out of his house because of reputation.
Man vs. Man- Tom Robinson is accused of
"taking advantage of" Mayella Ewells. The whole family and the white population agrees with this allegation. Atticus has to be his lawyer, so he has to deal with Mayella's father, Bob, which leads into another man vs man even after the verdict is claimed.
Man vs Self- Scout must figure out who she
truly is. She has never made the choice to become a lady or stay as is. She is a very dependent tomboy, with her father and brother at her side 24/7. She fights with who she wants to be, who her brother wanted her to be and Aunt Alexandara's envisions.
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Tom Robinson is accused of assaulting Mayella Ewells. Atticus is forced to defend Tom as his lawyer. Much drama rises, Jem and Scout have to deal with the controversy of Atticus defending a black man.
The trial convicts Tom and while he tries to escape in prison he is shot dead. On the way home from the highschool the children heard mysterious noises follwing them. Bob Ewell jumps them and attempts to kill them. Boo defends and rescues Jem and Scout while killing Bob.
Racism: Maycomb's residents are very racist. One way you can tell is because Atticus was defending a black man and many people in the town thought this was a disgrace. All evidence leaned toward Tom's story being true, but because they are racist they only thought that he was guilty because he was a negro, no matter what he said. Also when their maid (Cal) brought them to her church chaos rose because it was an all black church and the white and black population did not mix.
Growing Up: Growing up is major in this whole story. Scout was challenged throughout the story to find who she really is, while Jem keeps maturing, changing his mind like the weather about his likings and dislikings. Scout doesn't know if she should be who she wants to be or be who the community wants her to be. Also during the Finches childhood they must overcome the criticism that everyone gives them because of Atticus's job.
Racism is an issue that has been happening for hundreds of years. The U.S has experienced racism since it was discovered in 1492. Even though slavery was disbanded, Martin Luther King Jr. still fought to end unequal rights against blacks. Now, there are police officers shooting negros for no reason. This is like when the jury said that Tom was guilty even though there was no proof of this. They convicted him guilty only because he was black.
Many rude and inappropriate messages are sent everyday around the world. Many of theses offend people. This happens numerous times in the story like when Cecil Jacobs at school started calling Atticus a "negro lover". Francis (cousin) also verbally makes fun of Atticus (Francis' Uncle) picking on him saying he is "negro lover" just like Cecil. Scout was furious with this and punched Francis in the face because of the build up of anger from hearing this from everyone. She got in major trouble, because nobody listened to what really happened at this time.
With what was previewed throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, I realize there were different kinds of racism through the history with much more damaging methods than others. Within the book, people wanted to kill Tom because of his skin tone and evidence that didn't make sense. The book has taught me that people were much worse with actions, but not words.Currently with all the technology, people share their opinions with each other, even if it did hurt someone. People take words more seriously now than they did before.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print.
This book combines some sweet and bittersweet story lines. It showcases some horrible racism problems and people getting hurt over it. I'm happy that it's not such a big problem now, but it saddens me that some cities are still like this. The sweet parts were watching Scout growing up while facing some challenges. This alone could make a classical, happy story, but with the racism involved in this story it gives you the perfect blend to create a sort of melancholy because it's sad and happy twisted together. It really changed my view on how bad racism was back then.
Part 2 in To Kill a Mockingbird is the most interesting part in the entire book. This book impacted me in many ways. It show me that back then in the south there were still a lot of people who refused to combine races. Now when I walk downtown, I might see people that seem like they treat blacks equally, yet these people might be fakes and disagree with others opinions. Many people are still stuck in the past cherishing the old ways.
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County Council, The Monroe. Maycomb County Map. Digital image.Pinterest. Diane Perry, 2014. Web. 13 May 2015.