The most important scene in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is at the end of chapter six and the beginning of chapter seven.Jem and Dill obey Atticus until Dill’s last day in Maycomb for the summer. He and Jem plan to sneak over to the Radley house and look in through a loose shutter, with Scout accompanying them. Suddenly they see a shadow of a man and flee, hearing a shotgun go off behind them. They escape under the fence by the schoolyard, but Jem’s pants get caught on the fence and he has to kick them off in order to get free. Harper Lee adds this scene to the story to add to our understanding of Boo Radley’s character.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… but sing their heart out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Harper Lee. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about how black people and white people in the South didn’t really get along all that well. The main characters: Scout, Jem, and Dill grow throughout the story and learn important life lessons about how to get along with others that are both black and white. A metaphor that Atticus Finch tells his children is that “...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” This is very important throughout the book because it pretty much is the recurring theme that you shouldn’t judge someone until you have walked in their shoes. In this book, there are some characters
Harper Lee uses Chapter 15 of her novel To Kill A Mockingbird as a major turning point of the story. Her use of conflict in this chapter can show that the virtuous nature of a child can bewilder the acts of the more older adults present in this chapter.
To Kill a Mockingbird barely held my interest in part 1. I believe part 1 contained lots of facts and little action. The story in part 1 contained background knowledge of the town, families and characters. It is necessary to know all of that information, however background knowledge for 150 pages really discourages me from wanting to continue reading a book. I personally like a storyline that is presented in a series of books. While reading a series of books you are able to learn background, character and setting information as the series continues.
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee is a very interesting novel. This book is mainly about this little hyper, curious, very energetic, girl name Scout Finch. Throughout the novel she was narrating her own story. In the novel it allowed us to see the path Scout went through back then when racism was a huge problem, coming to age, and living in a cruel world. Even though she had many event thrown at her she still stays as energetic as she is. These are some questions that were important to her in chapter 7 to 10.
In chapter 11 Walter didn’t want to work at the garment center. Walter had wanted to be a lawyer at the age nine. Walter would simply memorize a passage and recited it. A coach had asked Walter to come for track his junior year. In chapter 12 Walter missed three weeks of school. Walter lusted three weeks before he stopped going to school again. In chapter 10 the idea of what it meant to be poor changed in the late sixties. Most of Walter life had been divided between school, reading, and ball playing. The second burden of that summer came in the form of Walter grandfather. William Dean was a tall, ramrod-straight man with mannerisms that seemed more appropriate for the nineteenth century than for 1951. After the civil war the former
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, one cannot equate the story to have a sole purpose from the author throughout. Rather the story contains many scenes and passages that have meanings in themselves. In the book, one passage where Harper Lee expresses a clear purpose is where the children meet Dolphus Raymond. The purpose of the passage with Dolphus Raymond was to show the effects that prejudice can have on individuals as well as the community.
Harper Lee’s Novel To Kill a Mockingbird details the life of young Scout Finch and brother Jem Finch, who is growing up in a time of racial uniqueness. Jem and Scout Finch are what most would call a typical family growing up in the small Alabama town of Maycomb. They encounter many different obstacles during their childhood missions with many characters making the novel an interesting read. Throughout the book, Lee is showing Jem and Scout grow up and become mature young adults. This novel, written by Harper Lee, demonstrates the themes of growing up, Innocence and most importantly, racism.
To begin with, chapter eight starts out showing how Walter has matured greatly with his literature. On page eighty two, water tries to morph Harlem into an enchanted kingdom, and portrays a double decker bus as a giant, yellow, and green dragon prowling the streets, searching for people to devour. As well as, Walter and his comrades bluntly steal terminal passes to ride on a city bus. As a result of this, Walters buddy get caught by the police, and get scared stiff.
The black characters act justly throughout the novel by treating every one with equality and respect. In Chapter 12, when Jem and Scout visit Calpurnia’s Negro church for the Sunday service, Lula, a hostile Negro woman tells them impolitely to leave. Calpurnia defends the children and contradicts Lula by saying, “It’s the same God, ain’t it?” Amidst an argument over the antagonistic rifts between black and white regimes, Calpurnia acknowledges that all people, no matter the race, worship the same God, and are therefore equal. During Chapter 12, after the church service, Reverend Sykes takes up an extra collection of money that is collected towards Tom Robinson's wife, who has not been able to find work since her husband is sent to jail since he allegedly rapes a white woman. Reverend Sykes tells the attendees of the service, “I want all of you with no children to make a sacrifice and give one more dime a piece.” The Revenant shows justice by being equal and respectful towards everyone. In order to be fair he asks those who don’t have a family to feed and shelter to donate an extra dime, and not forcing those who have a family to donate extra money. During his testimony in Chapter 19, Tom Robinson states a different story than that of Mayalla’s; he is then questioned on whether he is accusing Mayella of being a liar. Tom refuses to accuse Mayella of lying, but persistently says that she is "mistaken in her mind." This shows Tom’s unrelenting respect and honest living; even though Mayella is unjust to him, he continues to treat her with justice and respect because he knows that she is just a little girl who is lonely and even though she sent him
Mayella is scared of Atticus and it's her turn to testify. Mayella tells Mr. Gilmer that her father requested for her to cut up an old chiffarobe for kindling. Mayella needed Tom’s help for accomplishing this task and in return she offers to give Tom a nickel.Then Mayella states that Tom took advantage of her when she went to grab the money. Mayella states that she was screaming and tried to fight back. Then Mayella’s father comes and Tom runs away. Then Atticus begins his cross examination of Mayella. We find out that Mayella is nineteen years old and her family acquires relief checks.We also learn that her father is a drunkard. We also learn that Mayella’s mother is dead and she doesn’t have any friends.Atticus also questions Mayella if
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee illustrates the experiences of a lawyer's young daughter named Scout who discovers the racist society that exists within her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama. An excerpt from Chapter 15 describes how Scout’s naiveté stops a mob of white men from lynching Tom Robinson, a black man who had been wrongfully accused of rape. Lee utilizes perspective and conflict to express how children’s innocence can shine a light on a dark situation.
Chapter 19 begins with Tom Robinson trying to swear on the bible, but with only one good hand the judge tells him not to bother, and Atticus asks Tom some basic questions about his family and age. Following this Atticus asks him about a previous conviction which Tom is very upfront about so as to paint a picture of honesty, so Atticus asks Tom exactly what happened. His story goes something like this: Everyday he walked past the Ewell’s house to get to work and Mayella asked him one day to chop up a piece of furniture, but that was last spring, not in November like Mayella said, and several times since then he had gone into the Ewell yard to do little chores for her. Atticus asks him why he kept doing these things for her if she didn’t pay
“‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (Lee 119). The meaning of the quote is mockingbirds don't do anything but, sing for us to enjoy. Mockingbirds only want to bring happiness in the world like some characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee stated this quote in the book to get us thinking about how Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley are mockingbirds. Tom Robinson just wanted to help Mayella Ewell but, got accused of raping her when she kissed Tom. Boo Radley was the town’s mystery neighbor. He was known to be crazy, but really he was a caring man. Atticus Finch only does what he needs to do but, he doesn’t mean to harm anyone. He wanted to give Tom a chance at
Chapter 19 continues on in the courtroom and in the beginning Atticus acknowledges Tom previous mishaps with the law as he asks him about his disorderly conduct incident. Dill confusingly asks Jem why Atticus was bringing up this previous incident. Jem replied “Atticus was showing the jury that Tom had nothing to hide.” This process goes on and Atticus asks more questions about Tom Robinson’s experiences with Miss Mayellla. When asked why he went inside the fence lots of time, Tom responded “she’d call me in, suh. Seemed like every time I passed by yonder she’d have some little somethin’ for me to do.”