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To Kill a Mockingbird Lit Review

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Introduction

To Kill A Mockingbird Literature Review Table of Contents I. Main Characters ................................................................................... Page 3 II. Minor Characters .................................................................................. Page 6 III. Setting ................................................................................................ Page 9 IV. Theme ................................................................................................ Page 9 . V. Point of View ....................................................................................... Page 10 VI. Plot .................................................................................................... Page 11 VII. Memorable lines .................................................................................... Page 13 I. Main Characters Jean Louise (Scout) Finch a) "Scout yonder's been readin' ever since she was born, and she ain't even started to school yet."(7). Not even six years old, Scout was already literate. This quote showed that Scout was very intelligent compared to other children. "'Yes sir, I understand,' I reassured him. 'Mr. Tate was right.' Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. 'What do you mean?' 'Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?'"(276). This quote shows that people give Scout less credit than she really deserves. Atticus once told her that killing a mockingbird is a sin, and in this quote, Scout shows that she understands this concept that most of the people around her do not. b) Jem was Scout's best friend and older brother that she respected and looked up to. When went to him with questions and advice when she didn't think Atticus would understand. Other than Jem and Dill, Scout did not have other friends; thus, Scout thought of Jem as an equal when he really was four years her elder. "... I knew he was fighting, he was fighting me back. We were still equals."(138). Other than being her friend and source of advice, Jem also influenced Scout's behaviour and character. Scout despised wearing dresses and "acting like a lady" because she had grown up with Jem who was a boy. In a way, Scout's dislike for changing could be tied to her dislike for a change in her relationship with her brother. Her close relationship with Jem can also be seen when Scout decides to follow Jem to Mrs. ...read more.

Middle

Jem's character had many different sides. Around Dill, Jem felt the need of acting superior and older; thus, he accepted any challenges Dill threw at him such as touching the Radley's front door. When others were mocking him for his father's actions, he became very angry and confused. As he grew up, Jem tried to act like Atticus by questioning Scout's behaviour. Jem was a very realistic and round character. Arthur (Boo) Radley a) "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time." (13) To the children of Maycomb, Boo was seen as a monster that had been locked up in his own home ever since he was a child. During Scout and Jem's earlier years, rumors about Boo were a major part of their daily lives. b) Despite the rumors and gossip, Boo Radley had a kind heart. Even though he does not appear in person in Scout and Jem's lives until the end of the book, in a way, Boo was like a guardian angel for these two children. He occasionally left gifts for Jem and Scout in an old tree in his front yard. He also showed his kindness when he placed a blanket on Scout's shoulder during the fire at Miss Maudie's house. When Jem left his pants at Boo's house, not only did Boo retrieve them for him, but he also tried to mend them. Most importantly, had Boo not come to the rescue when the children were attacked by Bob Ewell, Scout and Jem might not have escaped with only a few scratches and a broken arm. ...read more.

Conclusion

Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog. Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough."(279) * "...I've got it figured out. There's four kinds of folks in the world. There's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes."(226) * "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."(227) * "Mr. Finch, there's just some kind of men you have to shoot before you can say hidy to 'em. Even then, they ain't worth the bullet it takes to shoot 'em. Ewell 'as one of 'em."(269) * "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived"(100) * "I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks."(216) * "They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."(105) * "So it took an eight-year-old child to bring 'em to their senses.... That proves something - that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children."(157) * "There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it's dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time...."(276) ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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