To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter Notes

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Chapter 1
1. Maycomb is a slow, tired town with an incredible assortment of citizens. But, all of them are typical small town personalities: the gossips, the hicks, the poor, the upper-class, the boogeyman, etc. Atticus is a lawyer, a “satisfactory” father and supportive of his family. Jem is the typical older brother and Scout the typical younger sister. They are best friends. Yet fight/argue plenty.
2. Dill is small for his age, with white-blond hair and has seen a lot of movies. He visits Maycomb (his Aunt Rachel) every summer from now on. He is quite obsessed with the Radley house.
3. Arthur hung out with a bad crowd and got arrested for disorderly conduct, etc. his father convinced the Judge to let him keep Arthur locked in the house instead of a state industrial school. He was never seen again for 15 years. The children now see him as a type of boogeyman. (pg. 13)
4. The Radley house is a forbidden place – it’s full of danger and unknown, which is exactly the sort of thing kids are attracted to.
5. The narration is first person, Scout Finch, but she is much older than the character she is describing. Therefore, the “present” is when Scout is older, and the plot of the novel is the “past”. It is a memoir.
Chapter 2
1. Scout is looking forward to school because it had been a long winter of sitting in her treehouse and watching the kids in the school yard. School looked fun to her. “I longed to join them.” (pg. 20)
2. Jem didn’t want anything to do with Scout at school because he didn’t want her to embarrass him with references to his personal life (pg. 20). This is typical for an older sibling because it is considered “ucool” to hang out with your siblings at school.
3. Miss Caroline is good at her job as a teacher but she has a lot to learn about the small town, the school and the people of the town. Strengths – She cares about her students (ex. Walter) and she is good at what she does with lots of knowledge

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