To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

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Chapter 1: The old house was the same, droopy and sick, but as we stared down the street we thought we saw an inside shutter move. Flick. A tiny, almost invisible movement, and the house was still. (Page19) Response: This highlights the ominous feel of the Radley house. It makes it feel spooky but yet gives a hint of light on what's to come and that there is a person living inside. Chapter 2: As I was last to leave, I saw her sink down into her chair and bury her head in her arms. Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would havefelt sorry for her. She was a pretty little thing. (Page 29) Response: This shows how the teacher felt after being subjected to the culture. In such a different place many things are different and not everybody understands the changes instantly. The teacher is going through this after teaching for just one day. Chapter 3: "It's against the law, allright," said my father, "and it's vertainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains.I don't know any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit." (Page 41) Response: This is a bit of details regarding the Ewell family that will later play an important part of the book. It shows a lot about how they live and how bad they really have it with their father. Chapter 4: The remainder of my school days were no more auspicious than the first. (Page 43) Response: Scout is straight up saying that school always was bad to her. She hated it and always tried to get it of it, something that can be seen throughout the rest of the book. It shows her general attitude towards the environment in general. Chapter 5: What Mr. Radley did might seem peculiar to us, but it did not seem peculiar to him. (Page 65) Response: Atticus wisely tells the children how Boo can live the way he does. He doesn't find it strange, he's used to living in that manner. As Scout says about other families, "It's just his way". Chapter 6: The night-crawlers had retired, but ripe chinaberries drummed on the roof when the wind stirred, and the darkness was desolate with the barking of distant dogs. (Page 76) Response: This is the perfect description of the night. It sets the mood for when Jem has to go and retrieve his pants. It makes it feel scary when really the Radley family isn't ti be feared. Chapter 7: Jem stayed moody and silent for a week.As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it (Page 77) Response: This shows that the children still fear the Radley family. As Jem is still disturbed by what he saw, he doesn't desire to talk. Scout puts herself in his shoes following her father's advise and so she can sympathise with him. Chapter 8: "Boo Radley.You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you." (Page 96) Response: The Radley family continues to be kind to the children. Nathan is helping the rest of the neighborhood while Boo is watching out for Scout by giving her a blanket. This is also the first time we know of Boo Radley leaving his house. Chapter 9: Atticus knew I was listening, and it was not until many years later I realized he wanted me to hear every word he said. (Page 117) Response: Atticus wants Scout to know she must stay strong during the time of the trial. He knows the trail is going to get rough and he wants Scout to know this too so she can be prepared when it happens. This is said directly after the first incident relating to her father taking up the Robinson case. Chapter 10: Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. (Page 118) Response: Jem and Scout aren't exceptionally proud of their dad as he is not young and energetic like all the other kids' dads. They also see his job as a boring one and not one to brag about while all the other kids are able to boast about their dad's job. Chapter 11: Jem picked up the candy box and threw it in the fire. He picked up the...
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