FC: To Kill a Mocking Bird Literary Analyst | By Patrick Westerman
1: Index | Page 1 Index Page 2 Setting Page 3-4 Point of View Page 5-6 Conflict Page 7-8 Characterization Page 9-10 Symbolism Page 11 Theme Page 12 Reflection
2: Setting | To kill a mocking bird takes place between the years of 1933-1935. The place is a small town in the south called Maycomb. The era that this story takes place is during the great depression. During this time many people were poor and were gaining very little or no income at all.
3: Point Of View | Point of view is how the story is written. Their is First person, second person, and third person. First person is when the story is told from one character view. Second is when the author uses you to describe someone or something. Third Person is when someone talks from an outside view.. In To Kill a Mockingbird the point used in the story is first person. An example of a first person view in this story is “‘No, I mean I can smell somebody an’ tell if they're gonna die.’”(Harper Lee 48). I think the author wrote the book in the perspective of scout because having scout tell the story from a view of someone that newer to the world then an older person like Atticus helps the story have more of an effect on the reader.
4: Jem's Point of View | I woke up today having Atticus tell me to show Scout around her school today. I was pretty bummed out because I didn't want my friends to see me with her but after a while of talking to Atticus he was able to convince me with a few silver coins. During the time I was walking Scout to school I told her that during school hours she was not to bother me. She was to act like she never knew me. I felt bad at first because I thought i was being mean to her, but I really didn't want her to ruin my image at school. I promised her though that we could play after school so i guess it's not all bad.
5: Conflict | In To Kill a Mockingbird scout is scared of the Boo Radley's house. This kind of conflict is internal and is Man vs Himself. This kind of conflict changes Scout because she learns not to be scared of the house and eventually learns to face her fears.
6: In this book there is a conflict that is racism. Racism is a external conflict, it involves everyone in the society. If it involves the society then the type of conflict is Man vs Society. This conflict affects everyone because in the story there is a trial where everyone shows their opinion on racism. | In the book Atticus refuses to kill an animal with a gun. He feels like he has an unfair advantage over other animals so he refuses to shoot a gun unless its necessary. This kind of conflict is internal and is Man vs Himself. Having this experience changes Atticus because he then decided to not shoot a gun.
7: Characterization | Dynamic Character- A dynamic character is a character that shows development through out the story. This kind of character has many qualities and the story tells many details about them. These characters are usually the main characters or important characters in the story, | Static Character- This kind of character is a character that remains unchanged through out the story. These characters are usually not as important as a dynamic character and has less qualities and not as well characterized as dynamic characters.
8: Dynamic Characters | Scout- In to Kill a MockingBird Scout shows change through out the story. The story begins with her being a tom boy and as the story progresses she changes from a tom boy to being a young lady. Jem- In to kill a MockingBird Jem shows change though out the story. In the beginning he and Scout are best friends. As the story moves on to the middle part of the story he becomes more dissent to everyone. This shows how he's a dynamic character. Aunt Alexandra- In the story the Aunt Alexandra is disgusted about the way Scout acts, and dresses. As the story progresses she wants scout to act more lady like to be a proper woman. As the story progresses she slowly changes to allow scout to have more freedom. This shows how Aunt Alexandra changes through out the story.
9: Symbolism | Symbolism is defined as a an object in a story that represents something else then it's self. It's used to represent ideas or beliefs of a person or group. | What is a Mocking Bird | In the story To Kill a Mocking Bird the mocking bird represents innocents to the characters Jem and Scout. When the book starts out the characters belief all people are good. As the story progresses they learn that their is evil in the world. The to kill part of the title means that their becoming less oblivious to the world and they start to realize that not every one is a good person.
10: Mocking Birds | Scout Finch- In the story scout starts out with a clean mind. She thinks that people are good and that everyone can get along. As the story progresses she starts to realize that not every one is such a good person. Boo Radley- Boo Radley is a character that isolates himself inside his own self. Boo Radley is a mocking bird because he does not take part in the violence in the world he simply stays out of it. Tom Robinson- Tom Robinson is a character that has a pure heart and good intension's. In the story he causes no trouble and helps Mayella Ewell for nothing in return. This is a way he could be considered a mocking bird in the story.
11: Theme | Theme- Theme is the moral of the story. It's the lesson or idea that was expressed through out the story. The theme is interpreted by the reader of the story. | You can't Understand some one until you walk in their shoes. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view -- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” - To Kill a Mockingbird - (Harper Lee) | Don't hurt people who are innocent. "It is a sin to kill a mockingbird" -To Kill a MockingBird (Harper Lee) | The World is unfair. "I am not. it's morbid, watching a poor devil on trial for his life. Look at all those folks, it's like a Roman carnival." To Kill a MockingBird (Harper Lee)
12: How They Relate | These themes relate to the real world because these are morals that have been said for a long time, way before this book came out.These conflict probably put into the story to remind people that these ideas do exist and that people should follow them. At the time people were being ignorant toward people of opposite race, the author probably put them as such as an important part in the book so that people would realize what they've been doing to the people and how bad they treated them just because of their skin color.
13: Personal Reflection | If I were to scale this on a scale from 1-10 I would rate this book a 6. For the most part the book was decent it had a good plot and the characters were well written and described. The part of the book that ruined it for me was the beginning. At the beginning the book was really boring. The book for th first few chapters was about a young girl going to school and just living in her town. there wasn't anything to interesting about it, I felt as if I were reading a diary. At this point the only reason I was reading it was because I had to. The story picks up for me when the trial begins. For me the trial was the most interesting part and the most memorable part for me. The trail for Tom Roberson was very interesting and at that part I was not reading because I had to I was reading because I was hooked at tat part. Overall I would say it's a decent story but the begging is to boring for me and the only interesting part was only a few chapters long.