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To Kill a Mockingbird Analysis

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Elmo Sheppard

on 3 May 2011

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To Kill a Mockingbird A brief analysis of the award-winning novel by Harper Lee. After a long trial, Tom Robinson, although obviously innocent, was sentenced to jail due to racism. Tom Robinson's unjust sentence caused Jem to believe that just about everyone was evil. CAUSE EFFECT There are two protagonist in this story.
Scout and Atticus.
Scout is a protagonist because she narrates the story. Also, everything leads back to her and we see how everything that happens effect her.
Atticus is also a protagonist because he tries to make everyone see the good in people. He also takes on Tom's case. The antagonist of the story is Bob Ewell.
We see throughout the story that most of the
events that happen occur because of him.
Tom is being persecuted because of him.
Jem and Scout are attacked by him. The author's purpose was to inform and to entertain. The author's point of view is first person. The story is narrated by Scout Finch. The main idea that is communicated is the coexistence of good and evil. The novel is told from Scout, who is young, symbolizing innocence/good. As the book progresses, Scout gets older, and we see that she is maturing, and notcing the evils of the world. Through this, we see the racism, prejudice, and inequality developing. The overall theme of the novel is racial and social inequality.
With Tim Robinson we see that even though he is clearly innocent and Atticus defends him well, because he is black,
he is found guilty.
Then there's the Cunninghams and Ewells. We see that they are at the bottom of the money chain, in poverty. They are judged because of that and seperated from society, really. The tone of the piece is innocent, naive, and humorous. Scout and Jem are innocent and speak innocently. They are also naive to the evils of the world. Every once in awhile, they throw in humor, like when Miss Maudie jokes about her age. The mood the tone creates is very childlike and foreboding. The setting of the novel is in Maycomb County, Alabama. It takes place between 1933-1935. The diction in the book is southern.
You can tell by the way everything is spelled and just because they do live in the south. Number 2:
the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.
Antagonist: a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary. Number 3:
Author's purpose: The term author's purpose refers to the reason the author wrote the text. It could be to provide information, to persuade or to entertain the reader. Graph Of Information from Book Figurative Language Simile - a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared. Page 142: "He shivered like a rabbit" Metaphor - figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance. Page 57: " I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it" Alliteration - the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group Page 51: "...it was easier to see inside a dark house in the dark than in the daytime, did i understand?" Assonance - resemblance of vowel sounds Number 4:
Point of view: the position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator's outlook from which the events are depicted and by the attitude toward the characters. Number 5:
Main idea: A main idea is the overall idea in a story also known as the gist. Page 3: "When he was thirteen..." Number 6:
Theme: a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic Onomatopoeia - the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent. Number 7:
Tone: the quality or character of a sound Number 8:
Mood: a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude When Jem runs to the Radley House, and you hear a THUMP THUMP THUMP! Personification - the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure. Page 25: "...some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun." Hyperbole - obvious and intentional exaggeration Page 5: "People moved slowly then. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. Number 9:
Setting: the surroundings or environment of anything Number 10:
Diction: style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words; the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation. Number 1: Plot chart Exposition: The purpose of exposition is to provide some background and inform the readers about the plot, character, setting, and theme of the essay/story or motion picture
Finches' family history
History of Maycomb County
What Atticus and his siblings end up doing when they're older
Scout tells us about her life
Boo Radley tale Rising Action: A related series of incidents in a literary plot that build toward the point of greatest interest. Scout's first day of school
Jem and Scout find gifts in the Radley tree
Jem, Dill, and Scout create a game about Boo Radley
Jem, Dill, and Scout sneak onto the Radley porch, where Nathan shoots at them. Jem loses his pants and when he later goes back to get them, he finds them hemmed.
Miss Maudie's house catches on fire. While standing out in the road, watching, Scout is covered by a blanket.
Christmas at the family compound.
Jem and Scout read to Ms. Dubose
Ms. Dubose dies
First Purchase Church
Aunt Alexandra moves in
A mob forms at the jail to lynch Tom but is stopped by Atticus, Jem, Dill, and Scout
The trial begins and we hear testimonies Climax: the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination; a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot. Tom Robinson is found guilty. Falling Action: the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved. Tom Robinson is shot and killed while trying to escape prison.
Bob Ewell breaks into the judges house and stalks Tom's widow.
Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout after the play.
Jem breaks his arm.
Bob Ewell is killed by Boo Radley. Resolution: the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc Scout meets Boo Radley and understands why he stays inside.
Atticus stays in Jem's room all night, reading. Comapare and Contrast White Males White Females White Children Domestic Animals Blacks Hierarchy of Maycomb County Map of Relevance to Story Foreshadowing - writer's use of hints to indicate what events will occur later Bob Ewell's threats and suspicious behavior were hints to indicate his attack on the children later.
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