To Kill A Mockingbird
(Harper Lee, 1960)
Setting: To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming-of-age novel that takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930's.
Plot Summary: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) starts out to be a very immature child not knowing the prejudice times that surround herself, her brother Jem, and her father Atticus Finch in the town on Maycomb. Scout must learn to mature as acquaintances accuse her father, a lawyer, of being a "nigger-lover" for defending a black man in trial for being falsely accused of raping a white girl. The mocking bird, symbolizing the black man, is eventually found guilty and is shot dead.
1. "In spite of our warnings and explanations, it drew him as the moon draws water. " P. 9| 1. This comparison demonstrates just how much Dill was attracted and fascinated with the Radley Place. Dill is compared to water as the Radley place is compared to the moon. |
2. "The Radley Place jutted into a sharp curve beyond our house. Walking South, once faced its porch; the sidewalk turned and ran beside the lot. The house was low, was once white with a deep front porch and green shutters, but had long ago darkened to the color of the slate-gray yard around it. Rain-rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda…" P. 9 |2. The reader can vividly visualize the Radley's home, as Scout describes it as a very gloomy place without color, and dark. Through this visualization, the reader can sense Scout's uneasiness towards the Radley Place.
3. "'Ain't got no mother,' was the answer, 'and their paw's right contentious.'" P. 30 |
3. The author uses Burris Ewell's nasty attitude in school to foreshadow the nastiness of Bob Ewell, the boy's father. The ill mannered character of Burris is mirrored in his father. The dirty outer character of the family trait matches the dirty inner character that follows from son to father.|
4. "Atticus said professional people were poor because the...
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