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'To Kill A Mockingbird' was a novel written by Harper Lee, in the 1960's.

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Charlotte Paddock 2nd August To Kill a Mockingbird 'To Kill A Mockingbird' was a novel written by Harper Lee, in the 1960's. It covers a whole variety of controversial issues, including the rights and wrongs of capital punishment and also the mistreatment of Negroes in 1930's Alabama. Picture A is from roughly a third of the way through the book. This incident involves Atticus, Calpurnia, Scout, Jem, Cal's son Zeebo and Heck Tate. Miss Maudie is also involved for a brief moment. Jem and Scout are going shooting, when they see a dog, Tim Johnson, walking very slowly up the road. Jem has suspicions that something is wrong with the dog and runs home to tell Cal. Cal telephones Atticus immediately and tells him 'I swear there's a mad dog down the street a piece - he's comin' this way...' Atticus returns home with Heck Tate and they are arguing as to who will shoot the dog, In the end, Atticus steps up, pushes his glasses to his head, they then fall down and he drops them on the floor. He then aims and takes one shot which kills the dog instantly. ...read more.

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Picture C is from the courthouse, and this involves Atticus, Judge Taylor, Mr Ewell and the spectators and jury. This scene is about halfway through, and is what the whole of the previous pages have been building up for. This is the scene in which the trial of Tom Robinson takes place. He is a black man that is being tried for rape, which is an offence which if found guilty, results in the capital punishment. At the particular point that the picture shows, Atticus is questioning Mr Ewell, and he is making the questions hard on him. Atticus is revealing in his way that it wasn't in fact Tom that assaulted Mayella, but the other way around, and Mr Ewell was embarrassed that his daughter had touched a black man, and beat her, then rang the Sheriff to tell him that Tom had raped her and beat her around. I think this adds to the novel because this is where Atticus removes Ewells last shred of dignity, and where Ewell decides he is going to get revenge for that. ...read more.

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She hadn't even noticed it at this point and Atticus says 'someday maybe Scout can thank him for covering her up' to which Scout says 'Thank who' and her father answers 'Boo Radley'. I think this is important to the story because it proves to Scout that Boo isn't the horrible, violent person she thought he was, and he wouldn't hurt her. Picture F is from Scouts classroom, and involves Scout, her teacher Miss Fisher and her classmates. It happens quite early in the novel. Scout has been able to read since she can remember because her father taught her. At school, they weren't expected to know how to read or write, and when Scout is caught writing a letter to Dill, Miss Fisher calls her up to the front of the class and canes her, and sends her to the corner. Scout also gets into trouble for telling Miss Fisher why Walter Cunningham hasn't got any lunch or money for lunch. I think this relates back to the story because it makes Scout angry, that her father has done something to her that got her into trouble, and also develops her hatred of school from her very first morning. ...read more.

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