To Kill A Mockingbird

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Philipp C. Protschka        Page  of          5/1/2007

        To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee


                -Harper Lee

Portfolio by Philipp C. Protschka

Grade 9

Table of Contents

  1. Why the book is called “To Kill A Mockingbird”?

  1. Compare and contrast the book and the film.

  1. "To Kill A Mockingbird” takes readers to the roots of human behaviour -to innocence and experience kindness and cruelty. Love and hatred, humour and pathos." What is your view?

  1. "Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Place this extract in context and discuss which characters in the book you consider to be blue jays and which characters you consider to be mockingbirds.

  1. Discuss Harper Lee's presentation of the theme of family life in To Kill A Mockingbird. You should concentrate on the Radley, Harris and Ewell families in your discussion.

  1. Discuss, using examples from the book, how Atticus raises his children. What does he teach them and what lessons do they learn in the process?

  1. Compare and contrast the characters of Scout and Jem.

  1. Write a letter from Mrs Merriweather to J. Grimes Everett. In it, ask him about his work and praise him and encourage him. The main purpose of the letter is to tell him of Tom Robinson's trial and any events (especially the reaction of the Negroes) which take place afterwards. Bear in mind that Mrs

Merriweather holds strong opinions about everything and will not hesitate to pass judgement on all that has occurred.

  1. The great works of literature are equally relevant to each generation. Use examples taken from To Kill A Mockingbird to explain your response to this statement.


Why is the book called To Kill A Mockingbird?

I think to understand this title you first have to read the book just the title doesn’t tell you anything about the book. First I saw the book I though this novel is about birds or animals but after reading it I knew I was definitely not about animals or birds. It was about racism, prejudices and. Atticus (one of the main characters in this book) says that the mockingbird is innocent and only sings for you it is therefore a sin to kill or attack it. That was exactly what happened in the book. An innocent person named Tom Robinson was killed without a good reason. He didn’t do anything wrong he was just at the wrong time at the wrong place. That is why the book is called “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. In the book the sentence “To kill a mockingbird” is alternative expression for an innocent person who gets attacked or even killed. I think the main Mockingbird was Tom Robinson. He was killed for no reason. The title could also be “To kill/attack an innocent person”. The Mockingbirds don’t attack you so you should not attack them. I think that this Moral: “Don’t attack something if it hasn’t attacked you” is the key of peaceful coexistence. The Mockingbirds of the story are innocent victims of prejudices of other people and get attacked without a reason.


Compare and contrast the book and the film

The Film, directed by Robert Majeld and Produces by Allen Pakula, was 124minutes long. The video was black-and-white and had also sound. The main Actors were:

Georgay Peck (He played the role of Atticus)

Philip Alffot (played the role of Jeremy Finch/Jem)

Mary Bodhan (played the role of Jean Louise Finch/Scout)

The voice of the narrator was a different one than Scout had or maybe it was her voice when she was older. Not every character was present like: Mrs. Merriweather and Mr. Underwood. Really many parts of the script were just left out, to get the Film into the right length, but the most important speeches and dialogues were present in the exact way they were written in the book. The Director left out about 5 chapters, mixed chapters (he mixed the 22nd chapter and the 25th chapter) and cut down the chapters in length. E.g. Jem and Scout were attacked by Bob Ewell to school not on the way back after the performance in school. The Director did a good job but I don’t like the facts that some events or even whole chapters were left out. E.G. where Scout has a lesson about Hitler and the Jews, where Atticus says that the people get less racist and the attitude is rising.

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My Personal Opinion about the film is that it is a very nice film but I would prefer the book because you get a lot more background information about this time and Maycomb.


"To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behaviour -to innocence and experience - kindness and cruelty - love and hatred, humour and pathos." What is your view?

Every Child, begins life innocent and without prejudice. It is as they grow and develop that their individual experiences of life sculpt and shape their personality. I think to a child, the world ...

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