S: Brandon's "To Kill A Mockingbird" Project
FC: By: Brandon Wedemeier
1: Table of Contents | Page:3,4 Page:5,6 Page:7, 8 Page:9,10 Page:11 Page:12 Page:13 | Setting Point of View Conflicts Characterization Symbols Themes Personal Reflection
3: Setting | "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summers day;"(Lee,5). | "Lula stopped, but she said, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here – they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?"(Lee,119). | "Being a southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings"(lee,1). | These quotes explain that is around the time of the civil rights movement, when black and white people were unequal. It also explains they are in the south where segregation was bad, and the summers were really hot.
4: Setting cont. | The Scottsburro Boy's were a group of boys that were falsely accused of rape and they spent around 9 years in jail and some were killed or committed suicide because of it. Emmett Till was a black boy that was taken from his house, beaten nearly to death, and was hung; all because he winked at a white girl. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a black guy who is accused for raping a white girl when he didn't, just like the Scottsburro Boy's. Then a group of people came to the jail and tried to kill him, like Emmett.
5: POV | First Person | "So what?" I said(Lee,7). | It is narrated from scout's POV. he tells how she grew up and the struggles she went through. | He chose Scout's point of view because Scout is a innocent little girl who doesn't know about segregation, or why people are all upset. He also chose Scout's point of view because children usually tell truth instead of opinion.
6: POV Continued | The other day Jeremy Finch devastated my camellia bushes, but I was a little grateful Atticus forced him to come back and clean it up. After he cleaned it up, Jeremy said he was sorry in the sarcastic voice I have ever heard, so I told him that I was forcing him to come over every afternoon and read to her for an hour. He tried to get out of it, but failed. For the next month, Jeremy came over with his dirty little sister and read for an hour. Since I used to be a morphine addict and recently quit, I wasn't able to understand him, but it was great to have some company. Whenever I heard Jeremy blunder, I stopped him and told him his mistake. Then when the alarm clock went off telling me to take my medicine, I let them leave.
7: Conflicts | Atticus defending tom from town | Man Vs. Society | External | Kids trying to get Boo Radley to come out | Man Vs. Man | External | Scout growing up and doesn't know what to do | Man Vs. Self | Internal
8: Conflicts continued | Atticus | Dill | Scout | Before Didn't want anything to do with case | Before would do anything to get Boo Radley to come out | Before Doesn't like being a girl, and scared of Boo | After Would risk his life to defend Tom | After Still curious about Boo | After She is no longer scared of boo
9: Dynamic Characters | Jem | Before: Young, innocent, doesn't really understand why people are separate by skin | After: sorta understands and is upset him that it is that way | Jury | Before Would find a black man guilty in seconds over a white man | After took over thirty minutes to think if tom was guilty over a white man
10: Static Characters | Aunt Alexandra | Boo Radley | The controller of the finch family, would do anything to keep a good name for their family | He doesn't like going outside and only goes out when he wants to or has to.
11: Symbols | Boo Radley is a mockingbird because he never did anything and rumors were spread about him | Tom is a mockingbird because he was innocent and was put on trial and killed because he was black | The title "To Kill A Mockingbird" has a great significance on the book. A mockingbird is a bird that does nothing but sing. It doesn't hurt, or bother you; just sings to please you. So to kill a mockingbird means to kill something harmless and innocent. | Scout is a mockingbird because she doesn't really know what is going on and is being called a "Negro Lover" because her dad is defending Tom
12: Themes | The first theme is the existence of social inequality. “She was white and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: She kissed a black man”(Lee,204). In the south Negros were treated like dirt. If there was a case where a black man was being accused by a white man about something he didn't do, he was still found guilty because of his skin. There will always be racism, but if we'd try, we can stop it. The second theme is the simple life in a small town. “That's okay, ma'am, you'll get to know all the county folks after a while”(Lee,20). Maycomb is a small town where everyone knows everybody. It is nice to live in a small town because people like helping others they know. The final theme is the inequality of gender. "For one thing, Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman"(Lee,221). Women weren't allowed to do much back then. Now women are an important part of our society.
13: Personal Reflection | To Kill a Mockingbird is a good book. It is really slow for what seems like forever, but it gets good. My favorite part is when Burris Ewell cussed out the teacher and made her cry. My least favorite part though is chapters 1 through 11. I didn't like these chapters because they are all the exposition and it is really slow and they were hard to read. If I had to rate this book 1 out of 10 (10 being the best book I have ever read) I would give it a 4.5.