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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird Theme Analysis

    In part one, the book contains vivid descriptions of Boo Radley. All of these descriptions are inaccurate and erroneous. In the first chapter he is called a "malevolent phantom" (Lee 8). He is also often described as a "ghost"; one example of this is on page 11. Such expressions are seldom used to portray human beings which indicate that there are a host of imaginary talks going on about him. We are also told he has a "head like a skull", and he "leaves tracks in the backyard during the night" (Lee 13). He also "drove scissors into his parent's leg" for no reason whatsoever (Lee 11).

    • Word count: 959
  2. "Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird

    One of these is no doubt Boo Radley- just as mockingbirds do not harm people, but "only sing their hearts out for us," in the same way Boo Radley does not harm anyone, rather he leaves little presents for Jem and Scout in the knothole, covers Scout with a blanket when she is shivering with cold during the fire, and when the time comes, he even saves the children from Bob Ewell when he tries to kill them on the night of Halloween.

    • Word count: 741
  3. How does the kids' notion of Boo Radley develop from the beginning of the novel to the end

    Initially, it is Dill who wants to lure Boo out of the house, so that he "can see what he looks like." This shows that the children are no longer willing to depend upon what they have heard, and want to find out for themselves what Boo is really like. They try sending notes to Boo, through a fishing pole, asking him to come out and have a talk; later they sneak into the Radleys' yard, hoping to look through a window and catch a glimpse of Boo so that they can actually see what he looks like.

    • Word count: 936
  4. Courage in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    Mrs. Dubose was very courageous despite being a nasty, stubborn, mean-spirited old woman. She always stayed true to her beliefs, albeit they were old-fashioned and downright unpopular. Most courageous of her deeds was her sheer will to rid herself of her drug affliction. She inspired Atticus to call her "...the bravest person I ever knew." Atticus sees Dubose as a good person because she was willing to suffer so much to fight the good fight. Atticus says that courage is "...when you know your licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through, no matter what."

    • Word count: 729
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Injustice

    The judge trusting Mr. Radley agreed and let him punish his son. His whole life is affected by the injustice he suffered when he was a child. Boo Radley is not seen to the end of the book and we are going on speculation and gossip. From the beginning we are told that Mayella lives behind a dump, which signifies her place in society. She has had a lot of responsibility from an early age. She has no friends and her father is an alcoholic. As with Boo Radleys relationship with his father, Mayella's with her father can be blamed to a certain extent for the situation she finds herself in.

    • Word count: 580
  6. Discuss How Harper Lee Portrays The Theme Of Prejudice In The Novel To Kill A Mocking Bird.

    But one man in the book dared to fight against this and it was Atticus Finch who defended Tom Robinson in court. He knew that he wasn't going to win the case but he fought against the prejudice of him defending a black man to try and raise enough questions in court to make the folk of Maycomb re-examine their in built prejudices. Although Tom was still found guilty Atticus had made some people think about there views on black people, and even Jem realises now that all people should be treated equally.

    • Word count: 920
  7. The Boo Radley Story

    It is clear to see that when one story starts about the Radleys it gets exaggerated every time it gets told to another person (not helped by Miss Stephanie Crawford). So the amount of stories the children have heard with all these variations has led them to them believe that Boo is a crazy murderer who would cut your throat if he got the chance; and all this because of the one incident where he stuck scissors in his fathers leg.

    • Word count: 693

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