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To Kill a Mocking Bird Project

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BC: Personal Review | To Kill a Mockingbird definitely had its ups and downs throughout the book. My favorite part of the book was how all the seemingly separate story lines came together toward the end. My least favorite part was when Scout was learning to be a lady and having lunch with her aunt and her aunt's friends. I found this particular part to be drab, boring, and unimportant to the plot of the book. | Going into reading this book, I did not think I would enjoy it, but I kept an open mind because a negative attitude gets you no where. Looking back, I'm glad I did. The book is very well written and uses a wide variety of techniques to keep it interesting. The ending was well suited and wrapped the whole story up nicely. Overall, I really enjoyed the book.

FC: To Kill a Mocking Bird Mixbook | By: Travis Crump

1: Table of Contents | Part One 2-7 | Part 2 8-9 | Setting: 2 Quotes: 3 Setting Context: 4 Scottsboro Boys: 5 Emmett Till: 6 Similarities: 7

2: Definition of Setting: | The place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place | Setting of To Kill a Mocking Bird | The story takes place in small town in Alabama called Maycomb County. The time is in the mid 1930s during the Great Depression.

3: Two quotes to support this setting are: | "Nobody has much chance to be furtive in Maycomb" (Lee 239). | "There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935..." (Lee 274).

4: The context of the setting is important to understand the conflicts that characters face because: | The setting effects how people at the time lived during the depression. Most people were poor, and since it was the mid 1930s, the Jim Crow Laws were still in effect and African Americans were not treated fairly. Because of the unfair treatment, Tom Robinson is not treated fairly by the jury when he is tried for a rape case.

5: The Scottsboro boys were 9 black children who were accused of raping two white women even though there was no real evidence to suggest that they did. They were found guilty and sentenced to death but they appealed the case. They lost again but they appealed the judge did not sentence them based on the grounds that he believed they were innocent. In the end all were set free except for one who escaped. He was later found and charged with manslaughter and spent the rest of his life in prison.

6: Emmett Till was an African American boy that was brutally murdered for flirting with a white girl. The murders were found not guilty due to the fact the body was so disfigured that there could have been an error with it's identification. The court | also never went after them for the kidnapping they committed before the murder. | also never went after them for the kidnapping they committed before the murder.

7: Similarities with To Kill a Mocking Bird | In the case of Emmett Till, it is similar to To Kill a Mockingbird because based on the word of a white girl, the African American accused of the crime is mistreated is not given proper justice from the legal system. | The Scottsboro Boys story is similar to To Kill a Mockingbird's plot because, there is a similar subject matter being that in both stories the African Americans are accused of rape, but are unfairly treated by the Judicial system. The Scottsboro Boys also appeal their case like Atticus wanted to do for Tom Robinson.

8: Point of view definition: | The narrators position in relation to the story being told. | POV of To Kill a Mockingbird | First person POV is used in To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is told from Scout's perspective. Scout is a young girl in the Finch family and is 6-8 years old. | "No, there were three things, and they did not directly concern us-- the Finches-- but in a way they did" (Lee 332). | Quote

9: Why this POV? | From Scouts perspective, the reader gt a sense of the way a little girl's mind struggles with the idea of racism yet everyone else seems to understand. | Jem's perspective on getting jumped: | I could hear the noise behind me, but could not figure out what it was. I tried to, as calmly as I could, tell Scout that there was something following us. She insisted that I was just messing with her, but soon she heard the sound too. Thats when I stopped, but the steps behind us didn't slow down. In fact, they sped up. I screamed for Scout to run and tried to run myself, but thats when it hit me. It wasn't something, it was someone. I tried to fight them off, but they wrenched my arm around and I heard a bone snap. Then they must have hit me again, because that is all I remember from the fight.

10: Conflicts | Tom Robinson vs The Ewell's | This is an external conflict, in which, Tom Robinson was accused of rapping Mayella Ewell.The case goes to court and Mr. Finch is Tom's lawyer. This is an external conflict because, the conflict is between Tom Robinson and an outside force. In this particular case, that outside force is the Ewell family. This conflict effected everyone in the story in some way. Mrs. Robinson had to start working for Link Deas to make money to feed her kids. Many people, including Scout, had their eyes opened how big of a role racism plays in the treatment of people in society.

11: Scout vs Racism | This is an internal conflict, in which, Scout deals with the idea of racism. It is an internal conflict because the only force directly involved in th conflict is Scout. Scout sees how unfairly many African-Americans are being treated, but can not understand why. She has trouble comprehending why, even with so much evidence, | Tom Robinson looses his trial. Before this trial, Scout did not have an idea about how unfairly African-Americans are treated. After, Scout must come to grips with the fact that life isn't fair. In the end, Scout learns more about society as a whole and how unjust racism is.

12: Scout + Jem vs Mr. Ewell | Mr. Ewell attacks Scout and Jem on their way back from the Halloween play. After a big struggle Jem has badly broken arm, Scout is okay, but has a trashed costume, and Mr. Ewell is dead. Mr. Ewell thought that Atticus would be with the children and wanted to get his revenge on them all that night. Mr. Ewell was drunk when he attacked them and fell onto his knife, which implanted into his under his ribs and killed him. This conflict is external, because it is between Scout and Jem and an outside force, which in this case, is the drunken Mr. Ewell. It effects Jem by giving him a broken arm, and Atticus learns that some people are more serious about threats than others. Scout learns that when a man is desperate, he will do anything to get what he wants. After this is over, they no longer have to worry about Mr. Ewell having his revenge.

13: Characterization | Dynamic Character: A literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude Static Character: A character that does not undergo important change in the course of the story, remaining essentially the same at the end as he or she was at the beginning.

14: Dynamic Characters | Scout | Boo Radley | When the book first starts out, Scout has no idea that racism even exists. She doesn't understand why people dislike her father and call him things like "nigger lover". Through the coarse of the book Scout watches as an innocent man is persecuted due simply to the color of his skin. In the end, Scout is well aware of racism, but confused and appalled by the thought of it. This change signifies her growing up and that racism is not a natural trait in people, it is learned. | In the beginning of the story, Boo rarely comes outside and dose not do much. He puts things in a hole in a tree for Scout and Jem to find, but is never violent in any way. The reader can tell he cares for Scout and Jem because he puts a blanket over Scouts shoulders one night while they are cold and watching a neighbors house burn down. Scout never saw Boo do it, because she was entranced by the fire. In the end of the book, Boo kills a drunken Mr. Ewell who is trying to kill Jem and Scout. Boo has changed from a quite neighbor that no one ever sees, into someone who is willing to kill for the people he cares about.

15: Static Characters | Calpurnia | Aunt Alexandra | In the beginning, Calpurnia is the maid for the Finch family. She cooks and helps to take care of the kids. During the book she takes care of Scout and takes both Scout and Jem to her church. Calpurnia offers advice and good food, but seems to be the same person at the end of the book. She just dose not really change. She is there and does her job the same as she did before. | Aunt Alexandra's whole goal in To Kill a Mockingbird was to turn Scout into a proper young lady. She has a little bit of success, but never fully achieved her goal. Scout acted like a lady at the meeting her aunt had, but only did it to make her aunt happy. In the end, her aunt still lives with them and still has not given up the hope of being fully successful.

16: Symbols | Definition of Symbol: | A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract. | The title of To Kill a Mockingbird symbolizes the death of something innocent that does nothing but bring joy to others. The word "sin" can be used to describe an act that is immoral. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird, therefore, it is a immoral to kill something that has not done anything to harm anyone. This is significant because the mockingbird symbolizes certain people in the story, meaning that it is a wrong to kill these people because they have done nothing wrong.

17: Mockingbirds | Boo Radley | Tom Robinson | Boo Radley is considered a mockingbird because he doesn't ever do anything to hurt anyone. Boo only comes out of his house on the rare occasion in the story, but when he does it is to do nice things. He only comes out to put gifts in the tree for Scout and Jem, put a blanket on Scout when she is cold, and to save their lives from the drunken Mr. Ewell. | Tom Robinson is considered a mockingbird because he has done nothing wrong in the story. He simply helped a girl cut fire tender, but because of his skin color, he was found guilty of a crime he did not commit and eventually killed. He did nothing to hurt anyone else, yet he was persecuted for it.

18: Scout Finch | Scout is considered a mockingbird because she dose not hurt anyone. Being that she is Atticus' daughter, Mr. Ewell decides to have no mercy when he attacks her and Jem. Mr. Ewell had no reason to attack Scout and Jem, it was Atticus' actions that had angered Mr. Ewell. Even though Scout was a bystander in the legal process that angered Mr. Ewell, because of her relations to Atticus, Mr. Ewell tried to kill her. Or, in other words, he attempted to kill a mockingbird.

19: Theme: | The subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic. The main message of a literary piece. | Theme 1: | This theme can apply to real life in many ways. Real life is not always fair, in fact, it rarely is fair. Favoritism plays a role in most peoples daily life. An employer may like how someone else dressed better than they like how you dressed, so they get the job. | Life isn't always fair. When talking about the judge, Jem says "'He's not supposed to lean, Reverend, but don't fret, we've won it,"' (Lee 279). This is saying that the judge is favoring one side of the case over the other. In order for it to be fair, the judge should remain neutral through out the case and simply make a decision at the end. In this quote, one of the parties are receiving and advantage over the other. | Real Life

20: Theme 2: | People can surprise you. "Every move he made was uncertain, as if he were not sure his hands and feet could make proper contact with the thins he touched" (Lee 371). The quote above is a descriptive quote about how Boo Radley acts. Boo was the neighbor who never came outside or did anything, but he stabbed Bob Ewell to death to save Scout and Jem. The person in the quote above does not sound like someone who could kill, yet he did to save the people he cared about. | Real Life | In real life, you do not always know how people will react when put in certain situations. Often times, their reaction will be contradictory to what you believed they would do. For instance, earlier today, when my friend finished his art critique, I did not expect him to smash the mobile he had spent hours working on. He surprised me by doing it.

21: Theme 3: | It is better not to run away from problems. "'We had such a good chance," he said' (Lee 315). This quote is from Atticus talking about Tom's chances in court. Tom had been wrongfully accused of rape, but while in jail waiting to make an appeal, he decided to make a break for it. In trying to run away from his problems by escaping, he only made it worse for himself. Tom Robinson was shot 17 times while trying to escape. If he would have just stayed put he would have had a good chance at winning the appeal and making it out of the case okay. | Real Life | In real life, running away from your problems usually just makes them worse. The sooner you face them, the better off you will be.

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