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To Kill a Mockingbird

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on 9 October 2012

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird

Life Changing Scenes To Kill a Mockingbird "Son, you'll understand folks a little better
when you're older. A mob's always made up
up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. Every mob in every little Southern town is always mad e up of people you know--doesn't say much for them does it?"
(Atticus: page 157) Scene One "It ain't honest but it's mighty helpful to
folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I'm not much of
a drinker, but you see they could never,
never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live."
(Mr. Raymond: pages 200-201) Scene Two "I looked around. They were standing. All around
us and in the balcony on the opposite wall,
the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes's voice was as distant as Judge Taylor's:
"Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin."."
(Reverand Sykes: page 211) Scene Three "We're the safest people in the world, we're
so rarely called on to be Christians, but
when we are, we've got men like Atticus
to go for us."
(Miss Maudie: page 215) Scene Four "She [Aunt Alexandra] took off her glasses
and stared at me. "I'll tell you why,
because--he--is--trash, that's why you can't
play with him [Walter Cunningham]. I'll not
have you picking up his habits and learning
Lord-knows-what. You're enough of a
problem to your father as it is."
(Aunt Alexandra: page 225) Scene Five "Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of
folks. Folks." (Scout)
"That's what I thought, too, when I was your age. If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he WANTS to stay inside." (Jem)
(Scout and Jem: page 227) Scene Six "I came to the conclusion that people were
just peculiar, I withdrew from them, and never
thought about them until I was forced."
(Scout: page 243) Scene Seven "Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with
sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave up two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad."
(Scout: page 278) Scene Eight In this scene, Scout realizes all that Boo had done
for her and her brother, but they gave nothing in
return. She is beginning to think less like a child and
more like an adult, signified by her regret in the selfish
ways of a typical child. Scout is talking about how despite how after his
case, Atticus had a stigma on him, they still re-
elected him to the state legislature the year after.
She is beginning to realize that people sometimes
only act a certain way to please others, so they
themselves aren't given stigmas. Based on Jem's response to Scout saying everyone is the same, Scout begins to see the true face of the world, and just how wrong and judgemental it can be. She is also learning that not everyone is equal. When Scout gets told off by Aunt Alexandra, she
begins to see the entirety of social class and
discrimination in her culture, and the standards that she's expected to, as a stereotypical woman, to uphold upon others. Miss Maudie brings to light people's selfish nature
to only care about themselves, their own self-
preservation prevailing above all else, even the lives
of others. Despite this, there are still some who
are willing to stand up for what's right and just. Scout learns here that a good man will
almost always be only respected by good
people alike. The "white folk" were discriminating
Atticus for standing up for Tom, but Tom's
people, though having their own stigma
on "white folk", had great respect for
him for at least trying. Mr. Raymond explains to Scout and Jem that the
reason he pretends to drink is so folks think he's
only living with the "colored folk" because he's a
drunk, not because he wants to. Scout gains an
understanding that there are just some things, no
matter how true, that people refuse to accept. Atticus tells Jem and Scout about mob behaviour
in an attempt to explain Mr. Cunningham turning on him, despite their good past. He goes on to say that mob behaviour isn't very smart, but even reasonable people can get caught up in it.
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