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To Kill A Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee
Most Important Charecters In The Book
But I was more at home in my father's world... Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men... But I liked them. There was something about them... that I instinctively liked... they weren't--"Hypocrites..."
Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody. His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him I consulted Atticus
“Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”
"'Your father’s right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"
"Dill Harris could tell the biggest ones I ever heard. Among other things, he had been up in a mail plane seventeen times, he had been to Nova Scotia, he had seen an elephant, and his granddaddy was Brigadier General Joe Wheeler and left him his sword."
This story takes place in Maycomb Alabama, ""Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum."
Atticus says "died as free
the mountain air."
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” Says Atticus.
The Old house was the same droopy and sick.
From the day Mr. Radley took Arthur home, people said the house died.
"Jem waved my words away
if fanning gnats"
his worst performance"
Tim Johnson sybolized the disease of maycomb. (racism)
Snowman-White snow is mixed with dirt, symbol for blacks and whites begining to mix.
MockingBird - they are innocent birds, they only sit there and sing for everyone so killing on is a sin.
Tom Robinson was the mokingbird, he never did anything to hurt anyone, only to help.
Atticus's pocket watch: It sybolizes childhood innocents.
Plot Of The Book
RISING ACTION · Scout, Jem, and Dill become fascinated with their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley and have an escalating series of encounters with him. Meanwhile, Atticus is assigned to defend a black man, Tom Robinson against the spurious rape charges Bob Ewell has brought against him. Watching the trial, Scout, and especially Jem, cannot understand how a jury could possibly convict Tom Robinson based on the Ewells’ clearly fabricated story.
CLIMAX · Despite Atticus’s capable and impassioned defense, the jury finds Tom Robinson guilty. The verdict forces Scout and Jem to confront the fact that the morals Atticus has taught them cannot always be reconciled with the reality of the world and the evils of human nature.
FALLING ACTION · When word spreads that Tom Robinson has been shot while trying to escape from prison, Jem struggles to come to terms with the injustice of the trial and of Tom Robinson’s fate. After making a variety of threats against Atticus and others connected with the trial, Bob Ewell assaults Scout and Jem as they walk home one night, but Boo Radley saves the children and fatally stabs Ewell. The sheriff, knowing that Boo, like Tom Robinson, would be misunderstood and likely convicted in a trial, protects Boo by saying that Ewell tripped and fell on his own knife. After sitting and talking with Scout briefly, Boo retreats into his house, and Scout never sees him again.
Review Of The Book
As i read the book i felt myself as Atticus says walking in another persons skin. The intensity of the situation was one reason the book was so amazing. The place and time plays one of the most important rolls. As the book progress's so does Scout and Jem. Scout at the beginning is a little girl who doesn't understand almost anything that goes on around her but by the end she understands why the people of Maycomb are how they are.
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is a story about innocence, knowledge, prejudice and courage. In the beginning the main character, Scout, starts out to be a very immature child not knowing the prejudice times around her, as the story goes on she gains knowledge of these times by fellow kids around her accusing her dad of being a "nigger lover" which then, it was an insult. Her dad was being courageous of a black man being falsely accused of raping a white girl. Her dad, Atticus, is a criminal defense attorney only doing his job and not discriminating against this man. The line in the book "Shoot, all the bluejays you want, but remember its a sin to kill mockingbird" is referring to the black man in the story, Tom. He symbolizes a mockingbird because all mockingbirds do is sing for our enjoyment and stay out of harms way, so if you kill them its a sin. He is the mockingbird in the story and all he does is stay out of harms way and is accused of a crime and in the end is eventually guilty and dies.
Segregation, prejudice, Courage, compassion and, injustice.
Segregation: There is segregation everywhere from the bathrooms to the restaurants. When Calpurnia runs to the Radleys' front door to warn them about the mad dog, even Scout wonders, "Shouldn't she go to the back door?"
Prejudice: The jury was making there decision mostly on the fact that Tom was black. "
Courage: Atticus is the definition of courage. "Courage isn't a man with a gun but someone who knows there licked but still tries." and he shows this during the trial."
Compassion: Atticus trys to see the good in everybody even if there isn't any."First of all," he said, "if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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."
injustice: Bob ewell spits in atticus' face becuase atticus was defending Tom Robinson. “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they treid. 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”
Scout: "Nome thank you ma'am"
Jem: My sister ain't dirty and ain't scared of you."
Scout: He ain't that old."
Scout: "Nothin i reckon. Atticus left us collection"
Scout: "Yesum. How do you know.