To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay

Submitted By SilverArrow
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1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, ©1960, 281 pages. 2. To Kill a Mockingbird is a fictitious story of two kids growing up in Maycomb, Alabama in the late 1920’s. the kids, Scout and Jem, are growing up and trying to fit in when their father, Atticus, is assigned to defend a black man against a rape charge. This changes how the kids at school and even their own neighbors and family treat them. The siblings learn how to cope with the way they are treated. Jem and Scout are beginning to grow more and more curious about the mysterious Boo Radley on their street, but they have to be careful because their curiosity may lead them into trouble. The two kids must learn to deal with the pressures of society.

3. The title To Kill a Mockingbird has significance that runs throughout the book. The mockingbird could represent Tom Robinsons and how he did not deserve to be killed. It could also represent Boo Radley being innocent but tainted by the vicious rumors about him.

4. -Jean Louise “Scout” Finch- Curious, intelligent, tough, imaginative, tomboyish.
-Jeremy “Jem” Finch- Brave, smart, athletic, nice, tough.
-Atticus Finch- Patient, knowledgeable, proud, kind, brave.
-Arthur “Boo” Radley- Mysterious, quiet, harmless, withdrawn, ghostly.
-My first impression of Scout was that she was outspoken but not rude. She seemed smart for her age and very tomboyish.
-the first impression I got of Robert E. Lee “Bob” Ewell, the antagonist in the novel, was that he was a bawdy, loud, alcoholic who was gruff and beat his children.

5. -Scout becomes more mature as the book progresses. When Aunt Alexandra comes to live at the Finch house Scout becomes more lady like.
-Jem’s character progresses the most as the book goes on. He is greatly affected by the Tom Robinson trial. At the beginning of the book he plays with Scout and Dill but toward the end he matures more and wants almost nothing to do with them. One thing that stays the same is that he is a good older brother to Scout.
-Atticus changes very little as the book progresses. If anything he becomes more patient ad proud of his children.
-Boo at the beginning of the book is a mysterious, ghostlike character that the children are afraid of. Throughout the book, there are small unexplained details or occurrences that prove he is real, like the blanket when Miss Maudie’s house catches fire. At the end of the book he befriends Scout.

6. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin…