‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a novel cleverly written by Harper Lee to depict the prejudicial, discriminative and racist attitudes of white society in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. Maycomb at first glance seems to be a warm and gentle place. However, as the novel progresses, the backdrop of slavery, racism and poverty as a result of the Great Depression becomes prevalent.
“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
I have finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There were 376 pages total in the novel. This book is about the Finch family who lives in Maycomb Alabama during a time of great racism. The family is made up of Atticus, Calpurnia, their cook, Jem, and Scout. In this journal I will be evaluating.
To start with Scout had invited Walter over for dinner because he normally does not get to eat, because he lives on a farm and they do not get very much money. Scout said that she had never seen someone eat the way that Walter ate his food. Walter had poured syrup onto his vegetables and some of his meat, and even a little in his milk. I feel like he did that because he does not get a ton of sugar and food, therefore he took more than they thought that he would. Scout also had another way to walk and see what it was like in someone else's shoes. Scout was sitting in class and during the summer she knew how to read, she had gotten yelled at because she was ahead of everyone else. Scout was not very happy with that but still kept on reading with her dad to still keep her skills up. The last way that Scout learned to walk in someone's shoes was, one day in class a boy named Burris was sitting in class and everyone did not know who he was, then the saw him get up and he was gross and dirty and you could see the lice in his hair moving around. Scout could have learned that some people do not have a home to come home to everyday with food on the table ready to eat, some live in their cars and do not have food like that. Another person that can learn from walking in other people’s shoes is Miss Caroline. Miss Caroline does not like how Scout can read fluently, and
“It's right hard to say," she said. "Suppose you and Scout talked colored-folks' talk at home it'd be out of place, wouldn't it? Now what if I talked white-folks' talk at church, and with my neighbors? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses, "But Cal, you know better," I said. “It's not necessary to tell all you know. It's not ladylike—in the second place, folks don't like to have somebody around knowing more than they do. It aggravates 'em. You're not gonna change
The ambition of oneself to pursue justice and righteousness may result in prosecution. In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, and movie "A Time to Kill" by Joel Schumacher, each demonstrate one’s open-mindedness and forward thinking leads to penalization through protagonists Atticus Finch and Jake Brigance. Both egalitarians take the position as an attorney for an African American and are prosecuted in the process.
“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).
In chapters nine and ten, Scout is teased by the kids in school because her dad is defending a black man. Preventing her from fighting, Atticus tells her to keep her head up high. When Christmas comes along, all the Finches gather at aunt Alexandra's. During the visit, Scout is stuck playing with her boring cousin Francis. Francis eventually rattles her by calling her daddy a "nigger-lover." This caused Scout to punch Francis' teeth. Unfortunatley, Scout got in trouble and went home with Atticus and Jem. Later that night, Scout told her side of the story to Uncle Jack and resolved everything. The next day, Jem and Scout fuss about how their dad isn't as fascinating as the other dads in town, but when Atticus saves the neighborhhood from the "mad dog", they change their perspective.
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.
“Morals, Manners, Customs, and Public Perception” by Judge Paul Heath Till uses the theme of Southern Civility to express the change and influence our fast-changing society plays in the reconstruction of the Southern culture. Judge Till’s explanation of the Southern Civility can also be reflected in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, who uses the culture of the South to emphasize the conflicts and the expectations that the family must live up to be accepted into the community. The Southern civility is presented in both texts through the understanding and importance of family and the basic concept of values and mannerism.
“‘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
Recently I have read a book named To Kill a Mockingbird. When I first began reading this book I thought was going to be terribly boring. In As of 2014, 2.7 million people were victim to Credit Card Identity theft. Unfortunately, there are people out there that are ready to get someone's credit card information. Many people fall into the scheming ideas of criminals that are out there behind the keyboard. However, there are ways to guard against this type of theft to ensure that your information is safe and secure.
There has always been an argument if people are naturally good, or naturally evil? The answer lies somewhere in the middle. The characters in “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee show this by taking action into their own hands. In the book “A Time to Kill,” Carl Lee Hailey, the father of Tonya Hailey; sought vengeance on Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard for raping his daughter. Throughout the book, it shows the experiences Carl Lee has while being on trial against the state of Mississippi. He was ultimately successful in winning the case. In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Arthur "Boo" Radley is a mysterious man who lives across the street from the Finch family. Jean "Scout" Finch, her brother Jem,
The grown up Scout, narrates her retrospective story of one life changing summer, as seen through her eyes, as a six-year-old tomboy. Scout (Mary Badham), her brother Jem, and their summer time friend, Dill, spend their days gallivanting through town, playing with tires as toys, telling exaggerated stories, and challenging each other to approach the dilapidated and gloomy house of the neighborhood “bogeyman”, a recluse named Boo Radley (Robert Duval), who was rumored to be a vicious and scary creature. The focus on Boo is quickly overshadowed when Scouts widowed Father, lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), takes the insurmountable case, of a black man accused of raping a white woman. In a time before desegregation was even a thought, black