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To Kill A Mocking Bird, Chapter 17

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Megan Frasik

on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of To Kill A Mocking Bird, Chapter 17

Chapter 17 To Kill A Mocking Bird Summary In chapter 17, the trial begins between Tom Intolerance/Prejudice Coming Of Age Content Taking a Walk In Someone Else's Shoes Content . The End Robinson and the Ewell's. The prosecutor, Mr. Gilmer, questions Heck Tate, who states how Bob Ewell ran to him saying his daughter had been raped. Mr. Tate then explains the state in which he found Mayella in. After, Atticus questions Bob Ewell. Mr. Ewell tells the jury he heard Mayella screaming inside the house, and when he went to see what was wrong, he found Tom Robinson assaulting his daughter. Atticus then asks Mr. Ewell to write his name on an envelope, and the jury then sees he is left handed. This shows that a left-handed man would be more likely to bruise the right side of a girls face. Mr. Ewell accuses Tom for assaulting Mayella, mainly for the reason of his race. Even though the story he is telling is more than likely not true. "He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. '-I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" (173). Content Quote Analysis Tom Robinson is being accused of sexually assaulting Mayella, when everyone knows that is not the truth. He is getting accused for this because of his different race. This shows an example of prejudice. During the trial, Mr. Ewell was answering questions for Mr. Gilmer. Scout soon starts to feel sorry for Mr. Gilmer because of the rudeness of Mr.Ewell. Quote "Mr. Gilmer's back stiffened a little, and I felt sorry for him... Mr. Ewell was Mr. Gilmer's witness, and he had no business being rude to him of all people" (172-172). Analysis This quote shows how even though Mr. Gilmer is helping Mr. Ewell, Bob is still being rude to him. For this, Scout shows empathy for the circumstances he has to deal with. During the trial, Reverend Sykes thinks Scout shouldn't be allowed to listen to the inappropriate content Quote " 'Mr. Finch know you all are here? This ain't fit for Miss Jean Louise of you boys either' " (173). Analysis This quote shows that even though people believe the three of them are immature, they show a great amount of maturity. The way they take an interest in the case, and know what is mainly occurring, marks a transition in the way they act Figurative Language Content Mr. Ewell was explaining the chain of events that happened November 21, then soon starts describing how Mayella reacted. Quote " '...and just as I got to the fence I heard Mayella screamin' like a stuck hog inside the house-' " (172). Analysis This quote is an example of a simile because it compares Mayella's screams to the sound of a hog. Content Before Mr. Ewell went on stand, he had to take the oath, where we then got the view on his appearance. Quotes " In answer to the clerk's booming voice, a little bantam cock of a man rose and strutted to the stand" (169-170).
" ... the back of his neck reddening at the sound of his name. When he turned around to take the oath, we saw that his face was as red as his neck" (170). Analysis These two quotes represent imagery by the descriptive language used throughout the sentences Discussion Questions 1. Why do you think Atticus asks if anyone called a doctor? Why would this be important? 2. Do you think that Mr. Heck Tate's input was important? Why or why not? 3. What was Bob Ewell's story on what happened on November 21st? 4. During Atticus's questioning with Mr. Ewell, what did Atticus ask for Bob to do and why? 5. Based on all the evidence Bob Ewell and Mr. Heck Tate said, do you believe they are telling the truth?
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