FC: To Kill a Mockingbird Literary Analysis By:Ryan Sullivan | TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD!!!!!!!! BY: RYAN SULLIVAN ENGLISH P2 2014 WOAHHHHHH!!
1: Table Of contents | Setting and context..........2 Point of View......................6 Conflict......................................10 Characterization................12 symbolism................................16 Theme......................................19 Reflection.............................20
2: Setting and Context | The setting of To Kill a Mockingbird is in the fictional place of Macomb Alabama. On Page 4, it says, "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when i first knew it"(Lee 6). The time period is in the 1930's. That makes it in the time of the Great Depression.The story says, "There was no Where to go, nothing to buy, and no money to buy it with" (lee 4). Then on top of that, the town is a racially divided town. It is explained when Scout asked, "Do all lawyers defend negroes Atticus?(Lee 9). Scout is saying that to because she is bullied.
3: Setting and Context | Understanding the context of the setting is very important. it is important because it leads to further knowledge towards the plot and how the characters. for example, knowing that the time is during theGreat Depression allows us to understand that the people are poor and make it a different childhood than people are accustom to now. Also, knowing that it a racially divided town lets us understand that Scout will have troubles with kids at school because of her race. Finally, knowing that is a small town gives us the knowledge that everyone probably knows a lot about one another. That makes the story more interesting in my opinion
4: Scottsboro Boys and Emmitt Till | The Scottsboro trial was about nine black teenagers that were accused of rape in 1931. It had Many unjust things. That includes being framed with the jury being all white. It is known as an overall example of a Unjust Trial. Then There is the Emmitt Till trial in 1955. That shows that black men are never innocent even though they did not do anything wrong. That then led him to being beaten and killed. | information found on wikipedia.
5: Real World Events Compared to book Events | The Real World events of the Scottsboro and Emmett Till are very similar to that of the Book's trail of Tom Robinson trail. For example, they were both accused of raping a white girl. Then they both had a all white jury that would never agree to side with a black man. They do that because it is much more settling to agree to charges against a black man, than concludes that he is innocent. In Conclusion, they both create the realization that there was racial unjust in the court systems in the 1930's.
6: Point Of View | The point of view that is used in To Kill a Mockingbird is in first person. I know that because it says, "I said that if he wanted to a broad view of things, it began with Andrew Jackson" (lee 3). The narrator in the story is Scout Finch. She is a child that goes through life questioning and investigating many things. She is very fitting for the narrator because she asks many questions that would be politically incorrect, but gets away with it because she is a child.
7: Point Of View | Harper Lee chose to tell this story in fist person for many reasons. The first reason is to show how an innocent child's mind thinks about racism and prejudice in the south. Another reason she tells it in Scout's view it to have her question many things that are only able to be asked if a child asked.
8: Story in A Different Perspective | Jem when Scout found the Gum in the tree | In Comparison to Atticus Finch's Journal from the onion, many Opinions can change how the point of view can change. here is Jem's PerspectiveOne day i came home and saw Scout on the front porch. I quickly realized that she was chewing something. My curiosity got the best of me and i asked what she was chewing. She told me that it was gum.Wrigley's Double-Mint to be exact. I quickly asked her where she had received that piece of gum and she told me she found it in a tree by Boo Radley's house. I suddenly told her to rinse her mouth because she become sick from that
9: because that gum could have been in there forever. Then next day we went to the tree and to my amazement found a ring box. We quickly ran home and opened the box. We found two polished shiny pennies. I hope there will always be goods in that tree.
10: Conflict | 1st. Conflict One of the conflicts is when Tom Robinson is accused of Raping Bob Ewell's daughter. That is man vs. man. it is an external conflict. It changes Tom because at first he thinks he is innocent. But then he realizes he is not Guilty but is because of the racism in Maycomb. | 2nd conflict: When The people of Maycomb think Atticus shouldn't defend Tom Robinson. That is Man vs. Man. it is an external conflict. Atticus at first believes he can save Tom. But by the end realizes that he could not get over the hump of Maycomb's racism.
11: 3rd conflict: When Jem and Scout are afraid of the Radley house. that is Man vs. Self. At first they are afraid of the scary house and are really scared of the unknown. Then when Jem touches the house they feel Very accomplished and interested in the Radleys.
12: Characterization | Dynamic Character: Jem is dynamic because at the beginning she doesn't have much of an opinion on Atticus's work. Then by chapter CH. 24 he starts to question all of the trials. | Dynamic Character: Scout is Dynamic for many reasons. One reason is because she changes from a Tom Girl who wants to play all the time, to a straight laced perfect lady when she grew up a little bit.
13: Characterization | Static Character: Dill is the friend of Scout that comes and visits over the summer. He is Static because he is just a kid that moves to Maycomb and hangs out with Jem and Scout. | Static Character | Static Character:Calpurnia is a static character. She is the servant for the Finches. she stays as the motherly figure for Jem and Scout
14: Characterization | Flat Character: Bob Ewell is a flat character because we do not no barely anything about him besides that he is really racist and poor. | Flat Character: Miss Maudie is a lady that Scout goes and visits. She also enjoys gardening. She is a flat character because all we know about her is that she lives across the street from the Finch's and likes to garden.
15: Characterization | Round Character: Scout is a round character. We know a lot about her. The whole story is about her going through life and changing. for example, on the first page she tells us about her brother and about how they spent their weekends. | Round Character: Atticus is the father of Scout and Jem. He is a round character. We know a lot about him from what scout and Jem say about him.
16: The title to kill a mockingbird is very significant. It is significant because a mockingbird is a peaceful bird that creates beautiful music. That is a symbol for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was an innocent man that did nothing wrong. Which is exactly what a mockingbird is. Atticus says, "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird(Lee 69)." He says that because Tom Robinson was innocent. That makes the title significant because the whole story is about unfair treatment. | SYMBOL
17: Boo Radley can be considered a mockingbird because he was a quiet, peaceful person who never did any harm. The only reason Scout and the other characters knew anything about him was from what other people in Maycomb said about him. | Tom Robinson can be considered a mockingbird because he was harmless and did nothing wrong to anyone. The problem was that the People of Maycomb were racist and believed what other people in the town said, like Boo Radley. He is like a mockingbird because mockingbirds are also innocent.
18: Scout can be considered a mockingbird as well. I think she can be considered a mockingbird because she was just an innocent child that didn't know much about racism. That makes her a mockingbird because she, like a mockingbird, a quiet innocent lady that do anything wrong.
19: Theme | The main theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is that white people and black people should be treated the same. In the story, Atticus says, "The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” (Lee 220). That quote explains the theme because what Atticus means is that people should all be treated equally, but especially in the Courtroom. This relates to the real world in more ways than not. The main way it relates because there is racism in still in the world today. There are still people that slaves even after all the talks of equality.
20: Personal Reflection | I enjoyed the book To kill a Mockingbird in many ways. I also disliked it in a few ways as well. To me, To Kill a Mockingbird was a very inspirational book with many morals that should never be forgotten in our society. I think the most important morals are that People should not be judged by there race, and most importantly, that no matter the situation, everyone deserves a fair chance at justice. I think this book shows us that there was and is still racism in our society. I dislike this book as well for a few reasons. The first reason is that I feel some of the ideas in this book were way to rebellious of someone of that time. For example, Atticus would not have the support from anyone from his town, in my opinion. I feel that anyone that wanted to be liked in the 1930's would have never spoken out against the majority at that time just to save their reputation. But, on the other hand that is the reason why I liked the book because it showed that people can stand up for an idea and opinion and notice all the hardships a black man could of dealt with during that time. I think that putting the Book in the point of view of Scout also makes the book even better to read. I think it shows another perspective of innocence and childish ideas that add a new storyline to the book. Overall, I agree with all the people that believe that To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the best books of all time. I think it did deserve the Pulitzer Peace Prize, and should be looked at by many readers and authors as an outstanding book that will forever be a milestone for greatness in American literature.
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