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Multicultural Book Review
Transcript of Multicultural Book Review
By: Harper Lee Breanna 'Cheri' Perez Elements in the Book Why this Book? Why Did I Choose This Book? Peer Reviews References Illustrations Continued: Quotes Continued Illustrations: Quotes Background Information Themes and Symbols Main Characters: Summary This story takes place in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. The main characters include: Scout Finch, Scout's brother Jem, Scout's father Atticus and the mysterious 'Boo' Radley. During the Great Depression, racism consumed most of the citizens of Maycomb. Scout and her brother learn some very valuable lessons about practicing sympathy and maintaining perspective as her father, Atticus, decides to defend a black man, named Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white women in their town. After the trial, Scout and her brother get into an altercation with Bob Ewell, a man who seeks revenge on Scout's father for defending Tom Robinson, where 'Boo' Radley comes to their aid and saves their lives. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch
Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch
Arthur “Boo” Radley
Charles Baker “Dill” Harris
The Coexistence of Good and Evil
The most important theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is the book’s exploration of the moral nature of human beings
The Importance of Moral Education
In a sense, the plot of the story charts Scout’s moral education, and the theme of how children are educated—how they are taught to move from innocence to adulthood—recurs throughout the novel
The Existence of Social Inequality
Differences in social status are explored largely through the overcomplicated social hierarchy of Maycomb, the ins and outs of which constantly baffle the children. " 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, "
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
"Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand." Chpt. 7 " 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 anyways and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." Chpt 11
"So it took an eight-year-old child to bring 'em to their senses.... That proves something - that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children."
Chpt 16 I chose this book because there are so many moral lessons my students can learn from this book. Even though this book is dated, misconceptions of different cultures, races, and religions still exist today. I read this book when I was in high school and I absolutely loved it. Even though I am a math teacher, these lessons are something I can put into practice in my classroom. I can also collaborate with other English teachers on my campus to make these types of lessons consistent on my campus. Good Reads:
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
New York Times
Harper Lee was the author of one book, but it was a book that had an extraordinary impact on American society: "To Kill a Mockingbird,'' one of the best-selling novels of all time.
Set in the fictional Maycomb County, Alabama, in the 1930s, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is simply about black and white. It is a gentle portrayal of the extremes of racism suffered by black people, and the way that white liberals like lawyer Atticus Finch negotiate the criss-cross of fine lines through their society. Scout and Jem, the children of Finch, episodically live through three years during which their father takes on the case of his lifetime: defending Tom Robinson against a rape charge brought by Mayella Ewell.