To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 1-4

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To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
Reading Notes Part 1:

The most prominent theme from chapters 1 to 4 is “Silence”. This is a theme because the town that these four chapters are based in is a very taciturn town. Their main pastime was going to church. “They didn’t go to church, Maycomb’s principal recreation” (Lee 11). The dullness of this down was also very noticeable. “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square.” (Lee 6). The summer was especially silent. “People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours but it seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with.” (Lee 6) This also illuminates the fact that this book was based during the great depression, where there was “nothing to buy, and no money to buy it with”.

Walter Cunningham, coming from a family with very little money had very little confidence, and Scout had a disliking for him. But Jem showed kindness by inviting him over for dinner. “Jem suddenly grinned at him. ‘Come on home to dinner with us, Walter’ he said. ‘We’d be glad to have you’.” (Lee 30) Whilst walking to their home with them, Walter changed. “By the time we reached our front steps Walter had forgotten he was a Cunningham.” (Lee 31)

Scout had an internal conflict when she was returning from school on one of the last days of school. She passed by the Radley house, and in a knothole in the oak trees, she saw two chewing gums. She at first wanted to chew them, but then she remembered that the Radley’s had a dangerous reputation and that she wasn’t to do it.

“Some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on tiptoe, hastily...
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