S: To Kill a Mockingbirg: Literary Analysis
FC: To Kill A Mockingbird | Written by: Harper Lee
1: Mixbook by: Brenton Giannakis
2: To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb County, a non-existent county based in southern Alabama. | In this story the time period is the early 1930's; a time period where The Great Depression was in full affect and most people were struck with poverty. Racism in the south is also a huge factor in the 1930's.
3: With racism still plaguing the youth you can infer that Scout and Jem would hear a mess about their father defending an African American in the south where he was born and raised. Although most of the kids don't understand the words they say they affect Scout in a strong way, because like most young kids, she doesn't want to be any different from the other kids.
4: The Scottsboro Trial | Tom Robinson, a local black man is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Scout's father Atticus chooses to defend Tom which destroys his reputation along with his family's. Harper Lee uses this event to describe how justice is not always served, especially when the only rule book in the south is written by Jim Crow.
6: Point Of View | To Kill a Mockingbird is in 1st person point of view. "I scurried to my room and went to bed. Uncle Jack was a prince of a fellow not to let me down. But I never figured out how Atticus knew I was listening, and it was not until many years later that I realized he wanted me to hear every word he said." (Lee 117). This shows that the point of view is set as Scout, a young and adventurous girl who is the daughter of Atticus and sister of Jem.
7: The narrator is Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. She is a aging, young female.
8: Bob Ewell vs Jem & Scout The conflict is man vs man: external, because it is Bob attacking Jem and Scout. This is important because Boo Radley comes out of his house for the first time. Scout and Jem are walking home from school because Scout refused to leave until everyone else did. On the walk home Bob Ewell comes up to the children from behind and attacks them. Scout is knocked to the ground and gets stuck inside her costume. She hears Bob break Jem’s arm and then Jem hits the ground unconscious. Boo Radley then comes out of his house and kills Bob Ewell and then carries the children home.
9: Tom Robinson vs Bob Ewell This major conflict is the trial of Tom Robinson, man vs. man: external. Tom Robinson, an African American man is accused of raping Mayella Ewell the daughter of Bob Ewell. It is a long trial that affects the town and the main characters greatly; Atticus Finch, is chosen to defend Tom and prove him innocent. | Tom Robinson vs Society Tom Robinson is obviously going to be found guilty under all ciircumstances because he is black and the South doesn't accept that, so after he unfairly gets convicted Tom tried to escape from custody and was shot and killed during his escape.
10: Charicterization | ~Jem is dynamic, Jem changes into a young man, and realizes that justice should be given to all people. ~Scout is dynamic, she changes her opinion of Boo Radley from the beginning of the story to the end. ~Atticus is static, although he is a major part of the story, because his character does not change. ~Boo Radley is static as far as we know because we never really knew what he was REALLY like. ~Atticus is flat because not much information is given about him. ~Scout is a round character because she is the main character and you see the world through her eyes.
11: Symbols | The mockingbird symbolizes all the innocent people in To Kill a Mockingbird. Boo is considered a mockingbird because the only time he hurts people is to help them. Tom does nothing to hurt or harm other people, although he gets blamed for a rape. Scout is the most like a mockingbird in my opinion because she just makes people happy and is a good and sweet person to be around.