To kill a mockingbird can mean many things. It’s the title of a book that has been bought 40 million times. But, it also has a definition. To kill a mockingbird means to destroy innocence. The theme of my literary analysis is mockingbirds. Mockingbirds in TKAM are innocent things tainted by the skewed society of Maycomb. Some of these mockingbirds are Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and the children. To Kill a Mockingbird is a book set in a small Alabama town in the 1930’s. The main character and narrator is Jean Louise Finch, but is almost always called by her nickname, Scout. Scout, her brother, and her summer friend Dill get into all kinds of mischief while living in the racist society of a 1930’s Alabama town. Scout’s dad, Atticus, is a prominent lawyer in Maycomb and is appointed to a controversial case, and is defending a black man. Scout and her brother, Jem go through many troubles and learn many lessons from the days leading up to, and during the trial. The trail makes their family some friends and a lot of enemies. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a story of courage and despair. Throughout TKAM, mockingbirds are used as an example of something innocent being tainted by the skewed society of TKAM. Some great examples of these are Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and the children.
In 'To Kill a Mockingbird' many morals about the themes in the novel are portrayed through different issues and events. The major themes are appearance vs. reality courage, maturity and prejudice. Each of these themes has an event in the novel that help the reader understand its message.
Atticus Hill cherished and fostered his role as the bad boy in the family. He always dressed in all black, rode a Harley, and had long, shaggy black hair. But now that all his brothers had found their Mr. Right he thought maybe, at age thirty-nine, it was time to look around for a partner. He thought the drummer at the gay bar was sexy, so headed off there to check him out.
noises, and games. But, the Finch children and Dill must occupy themselves in order to avoid
Chapter 1 begins as a flashback told by the main character and narrator, a young girl named Scout. This retelling of the story continues through the entire book. the author of this novel, Harper Lee, characterizes scout the narrator as an intelligent tomboy who is not so sure she wants to deal with the Radleys. Scout always hung around her older brother Jem and Dill, a boy who visited Maycomb every summer. She was always up for whatever they did and really did not like it when they called her girly. Dill became fascinated with the Radleys and their mysteriously hidden son Boo. Scout urged Dill to let the Radleys keep to themselves, but her harassing of Dill did nothing. Even though Scout is a clever girl, Lee makes it obvious that Scout still
Chapters 2-4 (homework): This section of the book begins by Scout telling of Dill’s leaving is September, and the start of school. Scout develops a dislike for her teacher, Miss Caroline, when she tells her that Atticus can no longer teach her any further because he’s already caused enough “damage.” Jem tells Scout not to worry about it, though. Before the students are dismissed for lunch, Miss Caroline corners Walter Cunningham in an awkward position when she offers him money for his lunch.
During the knothole scenes, which are in chapter 7 and 8. Scout and Jem begin to find items left in a tree outside of the Radley's house. However, they never discover who left the items there. Because of this I believe the scene is showing that there are good people in the world who will never be known.
Not just anybody could just walk into a courtroom full of mostly white people knowing that they're a minority, but Calpurnia held her head up and did it. She also shows how much Calpurnia cares about the children, because with all that was going on with the Tom Robinson case, not all cooks would've went and told Atticus that the children were missing , most probably wouldn't have cared and probably would've been mad at the fact that Tom was wrongfully accused and taken it out on the family. Lee also shows how respectful Calpurnia is in the situation, by how respectful Calpurnia asked Judge Taylor if she could hand Atticus the note.
Throughout time authors have used symbolism to express a greater meaning in simple words because it allows readers to connect the real world to what they are reading in an abstract way, like philosophers using the dove to represent peace and fire to represent ferocity; in To Kill A Mockingbird , Harper Lee uses symbolism to make a point about maturity in particular when Miss Maudie gives Jem cake, when scout tries to learn innocence and when scout tries to learn how to observe a situation from someone else's perspective.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee, 1960), an insightful and gripping novel composed by Harper Lee in 1960. Originating in Alabama South America, based during The Great Depression. This didactic novel highlights the controversy of racism, dominant discourses and social inequality through the storyline of young ‘Scout’ who has grown up with these prominent social issues in her everyday life. Scout finds herself having to find a new perspective as her father takes on the risky case of defending a wrongly accused African American man of rape.
“Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee pg. 90). The bird, mentioned nearly twice, seems to show little importance to the story. Nonetheless, it resembles the perception of some characters. The one time Scout had ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do anything was when referring to the mockingbird. He advised his children when hunting to never shoot a mockingbird. Miss Maudie followed with further detail by explaining that “Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee pg.90).
Mr.Tate is called to the witness stand, and Mr.Gilmer asked him what happened the night of November 21st. Mr.Tate says that Bob Ewell brought him to the Ewell house, where he found Mr.Ewell’s daughter, who had been beaten badly. Atticus question Mr.Tate and asked if he called a doctor and he says no,Atticus asked Mr.Tate to describe Mayella's injuries and he says she had bruises and a black eye. Atticus asked which eyes was it and Mr.Tate says it was the left eye. Bob Ewell's was called to the witness stand and he was telling us what he saw the night of November 21st he says that he heard his daughter scream so he ran looked through the window and saw Tom Robinson raping his daughter.Atticus ask Mr.Ewell's if he could read and
What insight does the reader gain about race in Maycomb from observing Scout’s visit to Calpurnia’s church? Consider race, relations, racism, and community. Support your ideas with text-based evidence.