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To Kill a Mockingbird-Oral presentation

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Mockingbird?
Racism/Prejudice- Boo Radley, who depicted as a monster or dangerous criminal for stabbing his father with a pair of scissors. No one asks Boo why he stabbed his father, though we are told his father was cruel; instead Boo is isolated in his home and becomes a town "ghost story," for the children to mock at. Another example Tom Robinson is falsely accused of rape by the drunken Bob Ewell and his daughter, Mayella. Atticus tells Scout that he will not win the trial, months before it even begins.

Courage- Boo Radley rescued Jem and Scout. He was stuck inside the house for years, but when he saw his children being attacked him left his house and did what he needed to do to save them.

Injustice- Jury Verdict, It is obvious from the testimony given and from Tom's crippled left arm that he could not have possibly committed the crimes for which he is charged. The jury, however, has made up its mind before the trial begins. Atticus told his brother, Jack, long before the trial, that the trial was fixed from the beginning.

Themes
One of the Main Themes
Atticus' most important and bravest action is being true to his moral compass. He defends Tom Robinson even though it's an unpopular move and his kids take a lot of grief from almost everyone. (And as someone else mentioned, he has little hope of winning.)He is kind when other people are not, including Mrs. Dubose and Bob Ewell. And he takes the high road not just because he believes it is right to do so, but because he never wants to do anything that would comprise his integrity in his children's eyes. And perhaps that is the bravest thing—that he does what needs to be done, not what is easiest, to raise his children well.
Own Free Choices?
Atticus Finch
A man does the job no one else wants to do.
To Kill a Mockingbird unfolds against the backdrop of Atticus’s representation of Tom Robinson. Robinson, a black man, has been accused by Mayella Ewell, a white woman, of rape. While Atticus is assigned to be Robinson’s public defender by a judge, he earns the townspeople’s ire in his determination to actually defend him, honorably and fairly, to the best of his abilities. He does the job that must be done, but that other people are unwilling and afraid to do.
Indoors, when Miss Maudie wanted to say something lengthy she spread her fingers on her knees and settled her bridgework. This she did, and we waited.

“I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”
“Oh,” said Jem. “Well.”
“Don’t you oh well me, sir,” Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem’s fatalistic noises, “you are not old enough to appreciate what I said.”

A man stands in the gap and does what must be done. Doing so earns the respect even of one’s most ardent critics; after facing a myriad of taunts and threats from his neighbors for his defense of Tom Robinson, Atticus is once more re-elected to the state legislature

To Kill a Mockingbird has been extremely popular with the reading public; from the day it was released until this very day. Millions of copies has been sold and has never gone out of print. At the beginning,book had many supporters, of course, and none the less many opposes.
Critical reception of the book:
A lot of racism was involved in this novel. Despite the impressive evidence Atticus provides, the white jury convicts Tom Robinson guilty. The innocent Tom later tries to escape prison and is shot to death. The most important theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is the book’s exploration of the moral nature of human beings—that is, whether people are essentially good or essentially evil.Scout and Jem’s transition from a perspective of childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world. The moral voice of To Kill a Mockingbird is embodied by Atticus Finch, who is virtually unique in the novel in that he has experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human capacity for goodness. The important thing is to appreciate the good qualities and understand the bad qualities by treating others with sympathy and trying to see life from their perspective. The title of To Kill a Mockingbird has very little literal connection to the plot, but it carries a great deal of symbolic weight in the book. In this story of innocents destroyed by evil, the “mockingbird” comes to represent the idea of innocence. Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence.As the novel progresses, the children’s changing attitude toward Boo Radley is an important measurement of their development from innocence toward a grown-up moral perspective.Boo, an intelligent child ruined by a cruel father, is one of the book’s most important mockingbirds; he is also an important symbol of the good that exists within people. Despite the pain that Boo has suffered, the purity of his heart rules his interaction with the children. In saving Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell, Boo proves the ultimate symbol of good.
To Kill a Mockingbird-Oral presentation / Donesha Cole,Blanca Munoz, and Rocio Fajardo
Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb. Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression, but Atticus is a prominent lawyer and the Finch family is reasonably well off in comparison to the rest of society. One summer, Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer, and the trio acts out stories together.The three kids Scout, Jem, and Dill become fascinated with a spooky house down the street, the Radley house.The house is owned by Mr. Nathan Radley, whose brother, Arthur (nicknamed Boo), has lived there for years without venturing outside. The kids begin to act out the story of Boo Radley. Atticus puts a stop to their antics, urging the children to try to see life from another person’s perspective before making judgments.To the consternation of Maycomb’s racist white community, Atticus agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman. Tom Robinson is actually innocent and the white woman Mayella Ewell and her father Bob both lie on him. Despite the verdict, Bob Ewell feels that Atticus and the judge have made a fool out of him, and he vows revenge. Bob finally attacks Jem and Scout as they walk home from a Halloween party. Boo Radley intervenes,saving the children and stabbing Bob fatally during the struggle.

Later, Scout feels as though she can finally imagine what life is like for Boo. He has become a human being to her at last. With this realization, Scout embraces her father’s advice to practice sympathy and understanding and demonstrates that her experiences with hatred and prejudice will not sully her faith in human goodness.
Synopsis of the plot
Initially, the book was challenged to be banned by many parents of high schoolers from different states due to many racial slurs and profanity used in the novel. Some high schools managed to ban this book from being used in their class rooms. still, many of them use this novel up to this date for educational purposes.
Banned?
The mockingbird represents victims of oppression in general, and the african american community more specifically. Scout and Jem are given air rifles by their father, Atticus on Christmas. even though Atticus thinks it is fair to shoot other birds, he warns the kids about shooting a mockingbird. in the book, it is a "sin to kill a mocking bird" because they "don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us."
Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama, a sleepy small town similar in many ways to Maycomb, the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. Like Atticus Finch, the father of Scout, the narrator and protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s father was a lawyer.The book’s setting and characters are not the only aspects of the story shaped by events that occurred during Lee’s childhood. In 1931, when Lee was five, nine young black men were accused of raping two white women near Scottsboro, Alabama. Which relates to Tom Robinson's trial. Lee began To Kill a Mockingbird in the mid-1950s,and published it in 1960, just before the peak of the American civil rights movement. In 1993, Lee penned a brief foreword to her book “Mockingbird,” she writes, “still says what it has to say; it has managed to survive the years without preamble.”
Society-Social Class
Differences in social status are largely explored through the over complicated social hierarchy of Maycomb, the ins and outs of which are constantly baffling to the children. the relatively well-off finches are near the top of Maycomb's social hierarchy, with most of the townspeople beneath them. Ignorant country farmers like the Cunnighams. But the black community in Maycomb, despite its abundance of admirable qualities, is below even the Ewell's, enabling Bob Ewell to make up for his own lack of importance by persecuting Tom Robinson. part of the adult world, these rigid social divisions are both irrational and destructive. For example, Scout can not understand why Aunt Alexandra refuses to let her consort with young Walter Cunningham. Lee uses the children's perplexity at the unpleasant layering of Maycomb society to critique the role of class status, and ultimately prejudice, in human inter action.
Background
Author
Scout Finch
Atticus Finch
Tom Robinson
Jem Finch
Boo Radley
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