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To Kill a Mocking Bird Allusions
Transcript of To Kill a Mocking Bird Allusions
Flagpole-sitting was a fad in the early 20th century. The fad was begun by stunt actor and former sailor Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly, who sat on a flagpole, either on a dare by a friend,or as a publicity stunt
Chapter 3 page 32
"Atticus kept us in fits that evening, gravely reading columns of print about a man who sat on a flagpole for no discernible reason, which was reason enough for Jem to spend the next Saturday aloft in the tree house.
"A Man Who Sat On a Flagpole"
On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed to the Lord: "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done [Luke 22:42]." By asking the Lord to "take this cup from me" he was praying that he might avoid his fate (in Greek, one of the figurative meanings for "cup" is "fate"). Uncle Jack's comment to Atticus calls upon this reference because he understands that his brother was not looking forward to his fate: having to defend Tom Robinson.
Chapter 9 page 88
"Let this cup pass from you, eh?"
"Let This Cup Pass From You"
Meaning: It means that when you are afraid of something, you should confront your fear and deal with the thing you are afraid of. If you avoid what you fear you will not make any progress and will remain stuck at that point until you pluck up the courage to do what you fear. Usually the FEAR of something, is much worse than the actual event turns out to be.
Chapter 1 page 6
"But it was a time of vague optimism for some people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.
"Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself"
This is a line of the song "When They Ring the Golden Bells" by Cyber Hymnal.
Chapter 12 page 121
"There's a land beyond the river." Miraculously on pitch, a hundred voices sang out Zeebo's words. The last syllable, held to a musky hum, was followed by Zeebo saying, "That we call sweet forever."
"There's a Land Beyond the River That We Call Sweet Forever"
Nearer, My God, to Thee" is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11–19, the story of Jacob's dream
Chapter 15 page 148
"I watched him take his seat on the third row from the front, and i heard him rumble
"Nearer My God to Thee
a flavored soft drink that originated in America. It was introduced in 1924 by Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works.
Chapter 16 page 160
"In the far corner of the square, the Negros sat quietly in the sun dining on sardines, crackers, and the more vivid flavors of Nehi Cola.
The "Ladies' Law" states: "Any person who enters into, or goes sufficiently near to the dwelling house of another, and, in the presence or hearing of the family of the occupant thereof, or any member of his family; or any person who, in the presence or hearing of any girl or woman, uses abusive, insulting, or obscene language, must, on conviction, be fined not more than two hundred dollars, and may also be imprisoned in the county jail, or sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than six months."
Chapter 27 page 250
"you don't have to touch her, all you have to do is make her afraid, an' if assault ain't enough to keep you locked up awhile, I'll get you on the ladies law so stay outta my sight!"
Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1919 to 1933.
Chapter 16 page 159
"As the county went by us, Jem gave Dill the histories and general attitudes of the more prominent figures; Mr. Tensaw Jones votes the straight Prohibition Ticket; Miss Emily Davis dipped snuff in private; Mr. Byron Waller could play the violin;Mr. Jake Sladewas cutting his 3rd set of teeth.