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To Kill A Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird
“Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (p. 370)
“Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.” (p. 373)
“Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” (p. 374)
“… I thought Jem and I would get grown but there wasn’t much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra.” (p. 374)
“’An’ they chased him ‘n’ never could catch him ‘cause they didn’t know what he looked like, an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hasn’t done any of those things… Atticus, he was real nice…’ … ‘Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.’” (p. 376)
eluded (p. 365)
connived (p. 366)
stolidity (p. 366)
acquiescence (p. 375)
leastways (p. 375)
1. Why is Heck Tate trying so hard to make Atticus understand that Jem didn’t stab Bob Ewell?
2. At this point of the book, why has Scout started calling Boo Radley by his real name, Arthur Radley?
3. Why does Atticus take everyone out to the porch instead of the living room? What does this show us about Atticus’s character?
4. What makes Scout heed to Atticus’s lesson of not knowing a person until you walk in their shoes?
• Better Judgement: Doing the right thing is not always in the orthodox way of telling the truth, sometimes one must use their better judgement when telling the truth, if it will do more harm than good.
• Growing up: Growing up doesn’t always happen just by physically maturing, growing up is realizing the true nature of things and seeing life for what it is
• Loss of Innocence: To grow up, a loss of innocence occurs and it is the basic trade off. Learning the truth about something takes away the childhood innocence but results in a mature mind.
• Courage: It is not about winning or losing. It's about thinking long and hard about what the right thing is and acting accordingly.
• Scout meets Arthur Radley for the first and last time
• Atticus believes Jem stabbed Bob Ewell
• Mr. Tate insists Ewell fell on the knife and got himself killed
• Atticus is confused and argues about telling the truth and letting Jem own up
• Mr. Tate argues and it comes to light he’s protecting Arthur
• Atticus understands and tells Scout that Mr. Tate’s story is what really happened
• Scout understands what really happened but it’s like shooting a mockingbird
• She tries to make Arthur feel comfortable and lets him pet Jem
• She learns his body language
• She walks him home
• She looks over at her neighbourhood from the Radley porch and reflects on the events of the past two years in another perspective
To Kill A Mockingbird
Main: Scout, Atticus, Heck Tate, Arthur Radley
Secondary: Jem, Aunt Alexandra, Dr. Reynolds, Bob Ewell
• “Dr. Reynolds’s voice was as breezy as his step.”( p. 363)
• “’Jem Finch… his daddy paid a mint to get him out of that.’”( p. 366)
• “It was mighty dark out there, black as ink.” (p. 368)
• “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (p. 370)
• “… You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” (p. 374)
• “I willed myself to stay awake, but the rain was so soft and the room was so warm and his voice was so deep and his knee was so smug that I slept.” (p. 375)
Ayesha and Vrinda
"...Mockingbird, mockingbird now I understand
You sing for us humans and are our angels
To guide us in life
Or help us along
Lifting our spirits
With a sweet little song
So innocent you are
You and all the other mockingbirds
It should be a crime to kill such innocence
What an angel, whatever we ask
You do without anything in return
Everyone should have a mockingbird role-model
For it is a sin to kill a mockingbird."
Innocence of Mockingbirds - Brianna Beaver