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FC: Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird

1: Table of Contents | Setting........................................................pg 2 Point of View.............................................pg 3 Conflicts.....................................................pg 4 Character....................................................pg 5 Symbols.....................................................pg 6 Theme........................................................pg 7 Personal Reflection....................................pg 8 The End......................................................pg 9

2: Maycomb, Alabama; the 1930s Quotes: A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. (Lee 1.10) Understanding: People have to understand the setting because the conflicts mean more because they are taken place in a different time era. | Setting

3: Our first-person narrator is Scout Finch, who is five when the story begins and eight when it ends. From the first chapter, it's clear that Scout is remembering and narrating these events much later—after all, the second paragraph of the novel begins, "When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to [Jem's] accident" (Lee 1.2). | Point of View | The author chose first-person POV because it gives experiences of people in the story and it gives detail on that character.

4: Internal The Radley house is one of Scout’s curiosities, but she is also genuinely afraid of it. She runs by it when she’s alone, she won’t eat the nuts that fall from the trees, and she is terrified when the tire she is riding in ends up in the front yard. I raised my head and stared at the Radley Place steps in front of me. I froze. (Lee 4 50 ) | Conflicts | External tom vs boo (man vs man) Boo Radley and Tom Robinson share many similarities in spite of fact that one man is white and the other black. By juxtaposing these two characters, Lee proves that justice and compassion reach beyond the boundary of color and human prejudices. The novel's title is a metaphor for both men, each of whom is a mockingbird. In this case however, one mockingbird is shot, the other is forced to kill. Boo and Tom are handicapped men. Lee hints that he may be physically unhealthy, and she makes statements that lead the reader to believe he may be mentally unstable. However, no character sheds any light on his actual condition, leaving the reader wondering whether Boo's family protects him or further handicaps him.

5: Jean Louise “Scout” Finch - The narrator and protagonist of the story. (Round, Dynamic) Atticus Finch - Scout and Jem’s father, a lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family. (Round, Dynamic) Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch - Scout’s brother and constant playmate at the beginning of the story. (Round,Dynamic) Arthur “Boo” Radley - A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Boo dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. (Round, Dynamic) | Character | Bob Ewell - A drunken, mostly unemployed member of Maycomb’s poorest family. (Flat,Static) Charles Baker “Dill” Harris - Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend. (Flat, Dynamic) Miss Maudie Atkinson - The Finches’ neighbor, a sharp-tongued widow, and an old friend of the family. (Flat,Static) Calpurnia - The Finches’ black cook. Calpurnia is a stern disciplinarian and the children’s bridge between the white world and her own black community. (Flat, Static)

6: Atticus tells Scout and Jem to "shoot all the bluejays you want, but remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." In the next chapter, Scout asks Ms. Maudie why it's a sin, and she says that mockingbirds to no harm to anyone, they "just make beautiful music." The significance isn't obvious until the end of the novel. There are two "mockingbirds" - Tom and Boo Radley. Tom did nothing but good for Mayella Ewell and he showed her nothing but kindness. He helped her and felt sorry for her and she betrayed him and lied about him. Mr. Underwood (the owner of the newspaper) wrote an editorial that said killing Tom was like killing a mockingbird - he did nothing wrong. | 1. Boo Radley - an innocent man, who was maybe a bit of a naughty boy, as a child but never really did anything seriously wrong. He was locked away in his house, therefore "killed" 2. Tom Robinson - you've this one right - tom is innocent, and didnt do anything wrong. He is found guilty, even though it's OBVIOUS he's not, but makes a desperate attempt at freedom, and is killed. 3. Scout - an innocent child, whose innocence, and naiveity is destroyed by the amount of discrimination and prejudice present in the book. | A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, who were both peaceful people who never did any harm. To kill or harm them would be a sin. Scout's father, Atticus, tells Scout and Jem, "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."(p.69) | Symbols

7: Theme | 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. | The main theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is that every person no matter 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). | This quote shows that people are not all equal back then but, everyone should be treated equally. even in a courtroom were everyone is innocent till the evidence shows that they are guilty. back in the day blacks were always went in guilty until proven innocent.

8: Personal Reflection | To Kill a Mockingbird in my opinion doesn't represent a true 1930s. It contains many main characters such as Calpurnia and Atticus who have morals and personalities that I felt out-step the time period. These qualities seem to originate from the essence of The Civil Rights Movement instead. In the 1930s an African American woman wouldn't have had so much power over white children like Calpurnia had over Scout and Jem, and people like Atticus who were sympathetic to the African Americans would have had none of the support Atticus had with Heck Tate, Mr. Underwood, just to name a few, the way he did. I did like the book though because i gave many situations to learn from and it had many good morals.

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