To Kill a Mockingbird

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
101
October 25, 2010
Sharon Goodwin
East Millinocket
Fall Semester
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
101
October 25, 2010
Sharon Goodwin
East Millinocket
Fall Semester

Lee Haper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1960 --Summary of the plot.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about two children Jem age 10, Scout who is 6, and their father Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer. They live in Maycomb, a small town located in Alabama in the 1930 during the depression. The story starts out with scout remembering how her brother Jem, short for Jeremy had broken his arm. Scout tells the story from her point of view and the whole story is in a 3 year time span. Jen and Scout had lived in Maycomb all of their life and knew of no other place. They had lost their mother when Scout was only two years old. There was a women by the name of Calpurnia that helped take care of them, she did all the cooking and cleaning. Calpurnia was black and had been with the children before Scout was born. It is in the summer that the children met a boy by the name of Charles Baker Harris. Charles went by the nick name of Dill; he was small for his age of 7. Dill spent his summers living with his aunt Rachel across the street from Jem and Scout. The children are fixated with a neighbor by the name of Boo Radley. Boo it seems was a kind of legend of the town, people spoke of how he was kept locked in his home and only came out at night to wreak havoc on the neighborhood. They heard that at one time Boo had stuck a pair of scissors into his father’s leg, and of course to them this meant that he tried to kill his father making him ever more interesting. The children had never seen Boo as he did not come out of the house. They would make –up stories about Boo and act them out. When autumn drew near Dill left to go back home to Meridian Mississippi. It was time for scout to finally start school and she could hardly wait. Her first year was hard for her, Miss Caroline a new teacher was not happy that Scout could already read. She was told that she was not to let anyone else teach her to read, this upset scout and she was embarrassed. There were many lessons learned that year for everyone. One day when their father came home he sat the two of them down and told them that he was defending a man by the name of Tom Robinson. Atticus told them that they would hear things that might be hard to ignore but that they should hold their head up and not let it bother them. As time goes on you find that Tom Roberson, a black man is on trial for Rape and assault of a white girl by the name of Mayella Ewell. This being the south in a time of racial upheaval you can imagine how people were in an uproar. Several time scout had to keep her fights to herself instead of fighting about the things that were said about her father. During the trial the children sneak into the courthouse and see their father defending Tom. Jem is very upset at the way the trial seems to be going, he sees how much prejuce there really is in his small town. Bob Ewel, l Mayella’s father gets to say his perception of what happened, said that he came home and looked in the window to see Tom on top of Mayella and yells at Tom, and then ran away. As Mayella takes the stand and gives her testimony you can tell that she is uneducated and mentally younger than her 19 years of age. As she continues to testify you can tell that she has had a hard life, her mother died when she was very young and because she was the oldest, it was her job to care for her brothers and sisters. Atticus asked her what happened the day she was attacked. Mayella said that tom got her around the neck cussing and saying dirt. She told Atticus that he had choked her and took advantage of her saying that he beat her about the face. Although there...
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