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To Kill A Mocking Bird - notes on the characters, setting and chapter 1.

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Introduction

Brief Notes On What Happens In Chapter One: - when Jem was 13 he broke his arm at elbow. His left arm was shorter than his left arm and so his thumb pointed at right angles to his body - Jem - 10 years old - from Macomb - Scout - 6 years old - from Macomb - narrator of story - Dill - 7 years old - from Meridian, Mississippi - Atticus - Layer (defends Negros) parent of Jem and Scout - Scout and jems mum dies when Scout was 2 (she was 15 years younger than Atticus) - Calpurnia - cook - strict - Chapter one is set during summer - when it was very hot - Scout says 'ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps and by night fall were like soft cup cakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum' - Jem, Scout and Atticus' house was on main residential street - Scout and Jems summer boundaries were from Mrs Lafayette Dubose's house two doors to the North to the Radley place three doors to the South - Dill stayed with his aunt (Miss Rachel) during the summer holidays, it was Dills' idea to make Mr Radley Come out. ...read more.

Middle

not knowing what to do, he knows no better than what he does (maple Syrop - ' he would have probably poured it in his milk glass if I had not asked what the sam hill he was doing' - Dignity - 'your shaming him miss' - Shows that there is little understanding between town people and farming people What Does Scout Learn When Walter Comes For Lunch - Not to comment on other people's table manners as she got scolded by Calpurnia for commenting on walters - 'That boy's yo' company and if he wants to eat the table cloth you let him, you hear?' (pg 30) - That everybodys manners were different as some people are not taught manners as well as she was - She learnt not to look down on someone as if she was 'so high and mighty' The Ewells: - Not looked after - 'He was the filthiest human I had ever seen' .... Atticus comments on Ewells father - 'He spends most his releif cheques on green whiskey' - Cheeky / rude - Report and be damned to ye' - Burris' language is slang and rough, he is full mouthed - Ill-educated - 'Been comin to the first day o' the first grade for 3 years now' - 'They were people but the lived like animals' - Bob ewell breaks law (pg 37) ...read more.

Conclusion

- Scout starts to no longer see Boo as terrifying figure but is kind and thoughtful - Boo can be seen as Mocking bird as trys to help children and does nothing wrong. What is the significance of Scout and Jem Building a snowman? - 'I ain't heard of a nigger snowman' - the word 'nigger' immediately alerts us to the subject of racism which may be involved in the event - Miss Maudie describes snow man as 'absolute morphodite (p.75) this is because it resembles Mr Avory, it shows close community - The black / white snow man shows Jem isn't racist or prejudice towards black people - We start to see a more mature Jem and his Skills and characteristics - ' I cant tell what youre going to be - an engineer, a lawyer or a portrait painter' What do Scout and Jem learn from the fire in Miss Maudies house? - Boo is a lonely, kind figure - puts rug over scouts shoulders. - Learn their father is relaxed and patient - 'Atticus was standing with his hands in his hands in his over coat. He might have been watching a football game.' - Maycomb is close community - 'looks like all of Maycomb was out tonight' ...read more.

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