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Chapter 15 to kill a mockingbird

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Connor Rideout

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Transcript of Chapter 15 to kill a mockingbird

BY: Connor Rideout & Brandon Koolhaas Now some themes from
Chapter 15 Themes Youth and Age is a prevalent theme in this chapter due
to the Finch children getting unknowingly involved in the Tom Robinson trial. Jem, Scout and Dill leave their home late at night to follow Atticus who unexpectedly left for the Maycomb Square. When the kids arrived their father was surrounded by a mob of angry men, they refused to leave for fear of Atticus. Scout yells out to Mr. Cunningham that "Entailments are bad", discouraging the mob to continue, saving Atticus and Tom Robinson from harm. Fate is also a theme in this chapter due to the death of Tom Robinson being a realistic event to happen in the future. Atticus realizes that a mob is bound to form late that night, so he races to jail to save Tom Robinson's life. The mob forms just as Atticus expects and without the help of Jem, Scout and Dill, Tom Robinson would have been hung. Who could hang such a gorgeous man? Racism has been a theme in almost every chapter of "To Kill A Mockingbird" so far. The ignorance of Maycomb is very prevalent, the mob that forms around the jail is a perfect example of this. This group of men believe that since Tom is black, he doesn't deserve the rights of a white person. Since he is black, he is automatically guilty in the eyes of the farmers. I wonder how much supportTom Robinson had in this crowd? A beautiful rap by Brandon & Connor And now for The Fresh Lawyer of Maycomb

Now this is a story all about how
my life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you all about my little scare

In west Arizona born and raised
On the farms where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some rabbits outside of the school

When a couple of hicks, that were up to no good
Started making trouble in Tom's hood
He was accused of rape and I got scared
I said "I'm defending a nigger so he can be spared"


I whistled for Heck and when he came near the
Jail looked "fresh" and had my homie in there
If anything I could say that this mob was rare
But I thought nah, forget it, my kids are here!


They pulled out the jail about seven or eight
and Cunningham said "Hey Tom, see you later!"
I Looked at my client he was finally okay
To live the night and die another day Characterization Jem
In this chapter Jem has a important role, when he realizes the true problems the Tom Robinson case has brought the Finch's. He sneaks out of the house to follow Atticus into the centre of Maycomb, to see his father being harrassed by a group of farmers. When he refuses to leave this saves his father and Tom Robinson from the wrath of the crowd. Scout
In ths chapter Scout's role manipulates many events bound to occur. Without her influence on the intoxicated "lynch mob" the angered farmers would have gotten Tom Robinson and he would have been hung. When Scout exclaims to Mr. Cunningham that "Entailments are bad" the mob witnesses how nieve and young Scout is and realizes how ridiculously they are all acting. The mob disperses and Tom Robinson is saved. Atticus
In chapter fifteen Atticus was more secretive than at other times in the novel. Atticus knew of the upcoming events such as the mob and tried to shelter his children from it. Atticus leaves late one afternoon in a rush for the jail knowing that a mob is bound to form with the means of hanging Tom Robinson. Atticus's children arrive out of no where and which end up being a blessing in disguise, because Scout disperses the crowd with her youthful confusion. Jem Finch witnessing the trial A little boy playing Scout Finchs charatcer in the
To Kill A Mockingbird Movie Atticus addressing the lynch mob infront
of the jail Symbols The Jail
The jail is a symbol because it represents safety and security as it also represents the fate of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is kept in the jail so he is safe from the mob bound to create their own trial, where blacks are always guilty. A group of men including Heck Tate formed in the front yard of the Finch’s house to discuss the movement of Tom Robinson to the town jail in preparation of his trial. The children tried to listen in from inside the house and were unsuccessful, but were certain something was wrong. Atticus came back inside and said nothing about it, but gave off a certain vibe that made the children aware that something was wrong.
Next morning was Sunday mass. It was a normal day at church except the people present. Heck Tate and Mr. Underwood rarely went to church, besides that Sunday. A posse of men including those two men and Atticus gathered to discuss Tom Robinson once again. The children ignored this, and went on with their day.
After supper that Sunday evening Atticus left mysteriously with a light bulb at the end of an extension cord. The children noticed he left with the car and was dedicated to finding out where he had left to. When Aunt Alexandra went to sleep, Jem and Scout sneaked out of the house, helped Dill sneak out of his room, and ventured off to find Atticus. As expected, they found Atticus’ car parked in front of the Maycomb jail. From the darkness they saw Atticus in front of the jail, with a book and the light bulb he brought attached to the extension cord. Scout unaware of the trouble they could get in wanted to run towards Atticus. Jem stopped her before she got the opportunity and explained how leaving the house without permission could get them in serious trouble. Right as they decide to leave several cars pulled up. Farmers got out with weapons in hand walking towards Atticus and the jail cell. They wanted at Tom Robinson but Atticus would not back down. The tension grew between the lynch mob and Atticus until the point where Scout could not take it anymore. Scout ran out of the darkness in an attempt to defend Atticus as Dill and Jem followed. Fear grew in the eyes of Atticus, he demanded that Jem had to take Dill and Scout home, but Jem consistently refused. Scout during the argument realized Walter Cunningham’s father (Walter Sr.) was in the crowd. She began asking him questions about his son. He was embarrassed and ignored her for majority of most of the conflict, while giving her simple answers attempting to end the conversation. Scout then turned to Atticus and asked him why the men wont talk her. She successfully defused the tension while avoiding further conflict from occurring. She reminded all of the mob that they all are neighbours and should not argue. Walter finally motioned for the mob to leave the scene, for that night was not the right night for any further conflict to proceed. After the farmers left Atticus reassured Tom that the coast is clear. He then notified B.B Underwood, who had been hiding above the scene that he could put his gun down for the mob has left. Grateful the children joined in on the conversation, Atticus allowed the children to go home without any trouble. Chapter 15 Questions 1. Why does Atticus go to the jail late one Saturday night? Atticus headed to the jail late one Saturday night anticipating a mob targeting Tom Robinson to take his life. His prediction was correct for the mob eventually came. 2. A) What troubles does Atticus find at the jail? Several cars parked in front of the jail with people who wanted to kill Tom Robinson. They told him to move out of the way but Atticus bravely refused. This is when Jem, Dill and Scout ran out to the crowd, eventually realizing this wasn’t the crowd they saw earlier at their house and at the church. The fact the children were there put fear into Atticus, but the children would eventually be the reason Tom Robinson survived that night. B) Describe how Atticus reacts to the dangerous situation. Atticus seemed worried about what was yet to come. He was somewhat speechless after Jem denied his orders numerous times to go back home. He was scared that the hostile gang of men would might do something to him, and did not want them involved. 3. Describe the role that Scout unknowingly plays to help save the day. Scout oblivious to the fact it was a dangerous situation ran into an argument that could have turned lethal. This act of innocence discouraged the lynch mob especially since the children refused to leave, eventually causing the group of men to leave. By: Brandon Paul Robert Koolhaas & Connor Coady Rideout Development of the Plot The gathering of the men in front of the Finch residents is a significant moment in this chapter due to the events to occur come, such as the mob forming the next night. The mob (also known as the Lynch Mob) forming in front of the Maycomb jail cell was a significant event in this chapter and in "To Kill a Mockingbird". It really gave the reader a great understanding of the dangers Tom Robinson was experiencing. The mob was coming to get Tom Robinson and hang him. This moment showed how real the racism was in this time, and how deadly it could be. Caucasian's ideas and thoughts were favoured over the
African-American's, no matter who was really right. Literary Terms Antagonist: Mr. Cunningham/mob
Protagonist: Scout

Chapter conflict: Character vs. Society
The society of Maycomb is against Tom
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