FC: To kill a Mockingbird Literary Analysis By: Desiree Dyer
1: It is a place or time when an event takes place. Maycomb county is a tired old town with little money located in Alabama in the 1930s. "Maycomb county was an old town" (Lee 6). "In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square" (Lee 6). | Setting
2: During that time period there were Jim Crow laws, this caused segregation. Also this time was during the Great Depression. This effected how people acted and the conflicts they faced. | Understanding Context
3: The Scottsbro boys were African Americans they road a train and got in a fight with white boys and two white girls said that they got raped. The boys were put to trial, they all said "not guilty" they were put to death except the two 13 year old boys they did labor work. | The Scottsbro Boys
4: Emmett Till was a 14 year old African American boy. He lived in Chicago and he was visiting his family in Mississippi and he flirted with a white woman. Her husband and brother beat Emmett half the death then drowned him. | Emmet Till
5: Events and the book The real world events and in Too Kill a Mockingbird. African Americans were treated unfair. The Scottsbro boys and Tom Roberinson were both charged with a crime they didn't do. | Parallels
6: Point of view | Is the perspective the story is told in. "I began to feel sweat gathering at the edges of my hair; I could stand anything but a bunch of people looking at me" (Lee 206).
7: Perspective | I believe Harper Lee chose to tell the story from the perspective of a young girl to show how prejudice people are through the eyes of a child.
8: Perspective | I threw open the gate my heart pounded inside my chest. I realized it was to late to back out now. I walked as fast as I could up to the house, and slapped it with my palm. Terrified I ran as fast as I could back to my porch. Scout, Dill, and I were all out of breath.
9: Conflicts | Atticus was appointed to be Tom Roberinson's lawyer, and he had to decide if he wanted to be Tom's lawyer. This is an internal conflict because Atticus is struggling with the situation with in his self. Bob Ewell attacked Jem and Scout this is an External Conflict because Mr. Ewell was physically attacking them. When Atticus shot the mad dog it was an internal conflict because he didn't want to shoot the dog but he had too.
10: Conflicts | when Atticus shot the dog I think that it changed Jem and Scout more then it did Atticus because they didn't know he could shoot a gun. Before the situation they were kind of embarrassed of Atticus because he was an older parent and couldn't do everything that the younger parents could do.
11: Characterization | Dynamic Character: Goes through important inner change, as in change in personality or attitude. Static Character: Stays the same, does not grow or develop.
12: Dynamic Characters | Scout is a 6-8 year old girl at the beginning of the story she doesn't have much self-control. Scout fights people to solve her problems. At the end of the story she is more mature she keeps her head high and learns that fighting isn't always the answer. Jem is 10-12 year old boy. In the beginning of the story Jem plays with Scout and Dill. He was also brave because he over came he fears when Dill dared him to touch the Radley's house. During the end of the story Jem is becoming more mature. He doesn't want to play childish games anymore. He also wants to help protect the harmless (mockingbirds) such as Tom Robertson because he had to pay the price for something he didn't do.
13: Static Characters | Atticus is Scout and Jem's father. He's personalty or attitude doesn't change during the story from beginning to end. Atticus is a honest and Humble man for example when he shot the dog he didn't brag on his able to shoot. During the end of the story when he is dealing with the Tom Roberinson case he wants truth and justice. Stephanie Crawford is a neighbor of the finches. She doesn't change throw out the story. She wants to be in everyones gossip and know everything about everyone.
14: Symbol | Is using an object or action that means something more then its literal meaning.
15: Mockingbird Symbolism | Atticus said "it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 119). Miss Maudi said "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. Thats why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 119). The mockingbird symbolizes purity within the characters in the story.
16: "mockingbirds" | Boo Radley he symbolizes a mockingbird because even though he stays in his house and doesn't communicate with the outside world except when he gave Scout and Jem the gifts in the tree before Nathan Radley put a stop to that by filling the hole in the tree. At the end of the story when Bob Ewell was trying to attack Scout and Jem, Boo saved there lives. Tom Roberinson also symbolizes a mockingbird because he didn't do any harm to anyone and he just wanted to help people out of the kindness of his heart. Just because of his race he had to pay the consequences for a crime he didn't commit. Scout Finch she symbolizes a mockingbird because of her innocent. he sees things the way they should be far. During Tom Roberinson's trial she knows he didn't commit the crime and so does everyone else.
17: Theme | Is the message or the main idea of the story. Theme one: Even if people persecute you stand up and do whats right, no matter how hard it may be. Theme two: Don't judge a person until you see things through there perspective. Theme three: Don't bring harm to people that don't cause harm.
18: Theme identification | "You know, I'd hope to get through life without a case of this kind, but John Taylor pointed at me and said, 'You're it.' do you think I could face my children otherwise? You know what's going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness." (Lee 117). "If you can learn a simple trick Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around" (Lee 39). "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. Thats why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 119).
19: Theme | The theme's from the book can be applied to the real word because even though the book was fictional the events in the book are similar to real world events. No matter was struggles you face you always need to stand up for what you believe is right. I know most everyone is guilty of judging people but, it's not our place to judge, especially if we don't know what circumstances there going through. Just because you see the opportunity to help yourself you don't need to harm innocent people in doing so you wouldn't want that to come upon yourself.
20: Personal Review | The book had good morals when Attticus was giving Scout advisee about how to overcome her struggles. Also the book was interesting. I liked the fact that the book was told in a little girls perspective it brought the book to life. My favorite part of the book was when Boo Ralely saved Scout and Jem at the end of the book because he was a mystery to them thought the whole book. It showed Scout that you can't judge some people just because you don't know them. I didn't like that Tom Robinson was charged for a crime that he didn't do.