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To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 1

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Dixie Turnbull

on 3 January 2014

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 1

To Kill a Mockingbird
: Chapter 1

Additional Characters
We are also introduced to Scout and Jem’s new friend, Dill, who is visiting his Aunt Rachel for the summer. Other main characters are Calpurnia, the Finch’s housekeeper, Mrs. Dubose, and most importantly the Radley family.
Radley Rumors
There are many rumors about Boo Radley and his family, which cause curiosity around the town, and especially with the children.
Alabama in the 1930s
The time period is during The Great Depression
Boo Radley
Discussion Questions
Chapter Summary
This chapter was an introduction to the setting, characters, and main conflicts of the novel. The novel is set in Macomb, Alabama during the 1930s. Macomb is a small, rural town where everyone knows everyone, and families have a rich heritage.
Macomb, Alabama
To Kill a Mockingbird
dictum: a rule from someone with authority

So Simon, having forgotten his teaching’s dictum on the possession of human chattles, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead…

Although Simon Finch followed some rules of his religion, he did not follow the rule about owning other people.

impotent: lacking power

Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land…

Simon Finch would have been angry about the Civil War, although he would not have been able to do anything about it, because his family was left with nothing but land.

apothecary: a druggist or a pharmacist (a pharmacy or a drug store)

All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess.

Scout is a descendent of Simon Finch, who was a pharmacist and hunter by profession, and had a humble and stingy personality.

Main Characters
The main narrator of the novel is Scout Finch, who is five years old. She has an older brother, Jem, who is nine, and her father is Atticus, an attorney in Macomb. Scout’s mother died when she was two, and she has little to no memory of her. We are also introduced to Scout and Jem’s new friend, Dill, who is visiting his Aunt Rachel for the summer.
strictures: a restriction or adverse criticism

Mindful of John Wesley’s strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling…

Simon Finch followed the teachings of his religion very closely when practicing business.

How do we think that a young narrator will affect the way that the story is told?

How is Boo characterized? Is this from a reliable source? Why is this important?

Based on the setting and characters, what conflicts can we foreshadow?
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