BC: I have to be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I received this book. I quickly learned that this book is enjoyable and at times I can even relate to the characters in the book. I promise all readers that you will have a flow of emotions when you read this book. I hope that all readers get the conveyed emotion, grace, and wisdom that goes along with this book and that you are inspired to continue to be the change that this world needs. -Mathew Hopper 3rd Period 5-11-12
FC: To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee
1: Table of Contents Summary.................................Pages 2-5 Main Characters................Pages 6-8 Quotes.....................................Pages 9-11 Diary Entry..........................Page 13 Lyrics....................................Pages 14-19 My Explanation........................Page 20 Back Cover
2: Summary: Way down in the boring town of Maycomb, Alabama lies the Finch family. It’s sometime during the Great Depression and the main characters are the children Jem and Scout and their father Atticus. They also have a cook whose name is Calpurnia. She is African-American, but she’s been with the Finch family for so long she's become a surrogate mother to them. One day during the summer they’re playing in the backyard when they hear a noise coming from next door. They run to see what’s all the commotion. They discover a young boy who tells them that his name is Dill and that he’s four years old going on seven. His name isn’t actually Dill, but he wasn't too fond of his actual name, which is Charles Baker Harris. He's only there for the summer with his aunt Miss Rachel. Later in the book you will find out that he will become a well-known friend to the Finch family. The summer continues and all of the kids are very much interested in the Radley Place. Their mostly interested because of all the stories they’ve heard and created about Boo Radley. Out of curiosity they decide to have a look inside the house and what they find leaves them running away in fear and Jem pants less.
3: Jem in the middle, Scout on the right, and Calpurnia on the left
4: Summary: Fall has come and it’s time for Dill to return Meridian, Mississippi. After Dill leaves, Scout and Jem begin to find gifts from someone in a knothole that's in the tree. As of now their father Atticus who is a lawyer and is well into the Tom Robinson case in which we learned is a case where a African-American man named Tom Robinson is about to be put on trial for supposedly raping Mayella Ewell a white girl. The Ewells are considered the white trash of the town and everyone knows about their deceiving ways and their father Bob Ewell has never had an honest day of work in his life. Since Atticus is so caught in his work and Scout has no real female role model, so their Aunt Alexandra feels that her presence is needed. The story heats up because their Aunt Alexandra is much more different from Atticus. She is more firm in her beliefs and isn’t too fond of Calpurnia, or her kind. Time has progressed and now we’re into the actual case and things have began to get serious. After a spinning twist, things begin to heat up in the book. In the end two people end up dead and a character makes a surprising arrival.
5: Atticus and Tom Robinson during the trial.
6: Scout is not your typical girl. She loves to play with the boys and wear overalls, but she is also full of surprises. Not only is she an honest little girl, she is also an intelligent little girl. Most kids in her day and time were not reading between the age of 6-7. She is outspoken , somewhat of a tom boy, and gets into fights all the time. By the end of the story this innocent little girls matures into a brilliant and understanding young woman.
7: Jem is an average boy who has a major attitude adjustment. In the beginning we see him as young boy who is 10 going on 11 and still set in his childish ways. He makes a few mistakes, but in time we see Jem in a different light. He goes from playful kid to a mature young man. With these coming to age changes he does acquire new knowledge about life and the struggles that come along with it. He begins to teach Scout that she should listen to her elders, and he begins to show her his wisdom.
8: Atticus is the loving and surprisingly non-controlling father. He is a man of his word, and his most positive lesson he wants his kids to realize is that you shouldn't judge people by the color of their skin. Another neat fact about Atticus is that he is a lawyer. This means that not only is he wise, and courageous for the acts he achieves in the book, but he is a well educated man. Atticus can hold his own and he wants everyone to get out of their set ways and move on to what is to come in the future.
9: Quotes: “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.” --Atticus (pg. 30) -This is important because you never know what someone goes through until you walk in there shoes. That's when things become clear. “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76) -This is important because Scout is a fighter. She has to learn to not let people get the best of her.
10: “It’s not okay to hate anybody.”—Atticus (pg. 246) This is important because throughout the book Atticus repeatedly lets his kids no that he wants everyone to be treated fairly. Cry about the simple hell people give other people - without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too.' (pg.201) -This is important because some people need to stop and realize the pain that they cause others.
11: “Its a sin to kill a mockingbird”.--Atticus (pg.90) -This is important because their are people in this book who are simply harmless, but here for a reason. “Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesnt abide by majority rule is a person conscience” - Atticus, pg 105 -This is important because Atticus is a wise, independent person. He doesn't care what others think, but he cares about the sanctity of others.
13: I'm not really sure what's going on. I'm listening to what all the witnesses have to say, but what I don't understand is, why are they believing anything that the Ewells have to say? Everyone in this town knows how they are. Low down, dirty people, who've never did an honest day of work in their life. Wait, what did he just explain. Now something doesn't sound right. If Tom left arms not in good use, then how in the heck could it be him. I've been running this through my mind every since the trial began. I gather my thoughts as I see Tom Robinson up for questioning.What's so wrong with feeling sorry for a white person. Gasp! Did he really just say what I think he did? Did he say Mayella grabbed him? Wait, I knew that their was no way those Ewells were telling the truth. Oh I bet Atticus has the evidence he needs now! | DIARY ENTRY
14: Stevie Wonder's: Pastime Paradise
15: Pastime Paradise Lyrics: They've been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise They've been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise They've been wasting most their lives Glorifying days long gone behind They've been wasting most their days In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise Tell me who of them will come to be How many of them are you and me
16: Dissipation Race Relations Consolation Segregation Dispensation Isolation Exploitation Mutilation Mutations Miscreation Confirmation.......to the evils of the world
17: They've been spending most their lives Living in a future paradise They've been spending most their lives Living in a future paradise They've been looking in their minds For the day that sorrow's gone from time They keep telling of the day When the Savior of love will come to stay Tell me who of them will come to be How many of them are you and me
18: Proclamation of Race Relations Consolation Integration Verification of Revelations Acclamation World Salvation Vibrations Simulation Confirmation.......to the peace of the world
19: They've been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise They've been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise They've been spending most their lives Living in a future paradise They've been spending most their lives Living in a future paradise We've been spending too much of our lives Living in a pastime paradise Let's start living our lives Living for the future paradise Praise to our lives Living for the future paradise Shame to anyones lives Living in a pastime paradise
20: The song Pastime Paradise follows the theme of how racism is affecting society. This song talks about how people are stuck in their ways and how all of these days that have been spent bathing in this hatred, while we could be basking in the glory of our golden days. In the story they felt as if African-American people were below them. In this song he says that they wasted so much of their time focused on something that was more important such as World Salvation. I listened to this song once and understood the pain and emotion that was put into the song. With the use of one word sentences it makes the power of his song even stronger. For example he uses Segregation, Race Relations, Consolation, Integration, and Mutilation. These are just some of the various words and believe me, the chorus is just as powerful. I myself couldn't imagine how those before my time were impacted by this stressful point in our nations history. | My Explanation
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