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To Kill a Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird
Jem becomes more distant from Scout as he grows older
At the Finch family Christmas, Scout gets into a fight with her racist cousin
Jem and Scout go with their servant Calpurnia to her African-American church
Atticus's old-fashioned sister Alexandra moves in with the family
Atticus is assigned to defend Tom Robinson; Jem and Scout are harassed in school for this During the trial, Atticus actively defends Tom against his accusation of rape
He implies that Bob Ewell beat up his daughter Mayella and falsely accused Tom
Tom is eventually found guilty
Atticus was assigned Tom specifically because he would try to help Tom even though he was black
Scout and Jem learn the reality of racism Tom tries to break out of prison but is shot and killed
Jem takes Scout to a Halloween pageant; they are attacked on the way home
Jem is severely injured during the attack
Later it is revealed that Bob Ewell came after them with a knife, but was killed with it during the scuffle
Boo Radley saved Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell
Atticus and the sheriff conclude that Bob "fell" on his knife to deflect the blame from Jem
Scout learns about respecting people's perspectives, differences, and private lives through Boo Radley How did Scout get the name Scout?
Who is Boo?
What's his deal?
What happen to their mother?
Who left the gifts in the tree?
If it was Boo, when and how did he put it in the tree?
Why would Nathan Radley fill the hole?
Why hasn't Atticus shot a gun in a long time?
Shouldn't Miss Caroline be impressed that Scout could read?
Is Mrs. Dubose sick?
How do they know what a snowman is if they never had snow before?
Is Atticus's family all racist or is it just Aunt Alexandra? Key Plot Points Connections to Course Themes Perception of Truth Set in Maycomb County, AL from 1933-1935
Scout, 6, and her brother Jem, 10, live with their father Atticus, a lawyer
They meet their summertime friend, Dill, who becomes fascinated with their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley
Scout starts school, and Atticus teaches her about respect and putting herself in others' shoes
Dill, Jem, and Scout make up plays about Boo that sensationalize the myth about him During Tom Robinson's trial, Atticus tries to convince the jury that Bob Ewell was the one that attacked Mayella, not Tom. Atticus proved that Mayella's attacker was left handed with Mayella's right black eye, but Tom's left hand was crippled from a farming accident. This showed that Mayella could not have been attacked by Tom. Atticus then showed that Bob was left handed making Bob the true attacker. "'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'
That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make us 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'" (Lee 119).
Why would she say that about her own brother?
Why would Tate purposely choose Atticus to lawyer Tom?
Why does Alexandra care so much about changing Scout when she moves in?
What makes Mr. Cunningham change his mind?
Does Tate secretly want Tom proven innocent?
What does the left hand have to do with anything?
Why is the jury taking so long if it was obviously not Tom?
Who attacked the kids?
Who saved them?
Why would Scout visit Boo again? Quotation http://www.mymcpl.org/blog/banned-book-kill-mockingbird The meaning of the title, "To Kill A Mockingbird" is to not harm something unprovoked. It represents the lessons Atticus teaches Scout and Jem, this being the most meaningful and memorable. After killing the "mockingbird" Tom Robinson, the characters in the story learn to save another "mockingbird", Boo Radley. This book could also be called "Lessons from Atticus" because Scout learns a lot from her father throughout the book that helps her mature and grow up. Agree:
this book is not appropriate for a five-year-old
the presence of mature behavior in the book does not mean they are being promoted
people are nice once you get to know them Disagree:
this book should not be banned
the suitability of the book should not be based off of a five-year-old
their is good advice throughout the book, not just on the back page "Atticus was trying to show, it seemed to me, that Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella. That much I could follow" (Lee 238). Connecting Quote Connecting Quote Connecting Quote "Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants" (Lee 108). "'Did it ever strike you that Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident? That Judge Taylor might have had his reasons for naming him?'
'...Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win, but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. And I thought to myself, well, we're making a step--it's just a baby-step, but it's a step'" (Lee 289).