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To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 16-17

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Maya Scarbrough

on 31 October 2012

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 16-17

Summary Literary Devices Symbolism Summary Discussion Questions The city of Maycomb prepares for the trial the next day and people from all over the country arrive to attend the trial except for the stubborn Miss Maudie. After lunch in town square Jem, Scout, and Dill wait for majority of the crow to enter the courtroom so they can sneak in the back without Atticus noticing them. Reverend Skyes allows them to sit in the balcony where all African Americans are required to sit and the case proceeds with Judge Taylor. Chapter 16
~Atticus says Mr. Underwood never liked people - Mr. Underwood did what's right even though he's racist
~Atticus says Mr. Cunningham has his "blind spots" like everyone else and is a friend - Atticus respects the character of people that meant harm to him
~Jem, Scout, and Dill are sitting in the colored section - significant because they seem to be the only non racist people in Maycomb
~Miss Maudie did not attend the trial - she believed it was a “Roman carnival” (Roman carnivals is when Romans would gather to watch Christians be slaughtered and eaten by animals)

Chapter 17
~All of the jurors were white potentially causing the trial to be unfair - This shows how back in those days, people were racist.
~Racism is shown again - The blacks have to sit in the upper balcony because the whites won’t let them sit on the lower floor. Chapter 16
Allusion: "...Mr. Tensaw Jones voted the straight prohibition ticket..."
Allusion: " 'Mr. Cunningham's basically a good man,' he said, 'he just has blind spots along with the rest of us' "
Personification: "Atticus killed the engine in the driveway..."
Imagery: "She was now standing arms akimbo, her shoulders drooping a bit, her head cocked to one side, her glasses winking in the sunlight."

Chapter 17
Simile: "...like the playhouse of an insane child.."
Idiom: "...in the heat of argument..."
Simile: "I hear Mayella screaming like a hog inside the house"
Simile: "It was all slung about like there was a fight"
Metaphor: "...he was a red little rooster..." The chapter begins with the trial beginning. Mr. Heck Tate stands up and testifies against Tom Robinson. He recalls Mr. Ewell coming to him and telling him that his daughter had been raped. When Mr. Tate gets to the house, Mayella is there and she has bruises and scrapes on her body. She claims that Tom Robinson raped her. When Heck has finished, Mr. Ewell comes to the stand. Bob says that he was coming out of the woods with some wood when he heard his daughter screaming. As he reached the house he saw Tom Robinson raping his daughter. Tom quickly ran away at the arrival of Mr. Ewell. Bob went to retrieve the sheriff as soon as possible. Atticus asks Mr. Ewell if he can write and he says yes. He requests for Bob to write his name on an envelope and he finds out that he is left handed. This gives him evidence that if Mayella’s right eye is black, it is more likely for a man that is left handed to have struck her. If the trial were to take place in your hometown would you attend? What makes this trial so signifigant?

Would you sit in the designated color section of a court? Explain why or why not.

Do you believe the trial was unfair? Why?

Who do you think is going to win the case?

Do you think Atticus is a good lawyer? If so, why? Give an example.

Is Mr. Ewell rude? Or does he just not know any different?

Is Mr. Heck Tate racist? If so, why? Chapter 16 Chapter 17
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