Date of publication: 2017-09-05 14:16
Scout understands this social structure, but doesn't understand why it is so. She believes that everyone should be treated the same, no matter what family they are from. For instance, when she wants to spend more time with Walter Cunningham, Aunt Alexandra objects saying no Finch girl should ever consort with a Cunningham. Scout is frustrated by this, as she wants to be able to choose her own friends based on her definition of what makes a good person: morality.
The secret diary of Arthur Radley. At the end of the novel we realize that Arthur (Boo) Radley has never stopped watching the children, and that he has foreseen the danger from Bob Ewell, which Atticus has not taken seriously. Imagine that Arthur keeps a diary, in which he writes about what he has seen and how he makes sure that the chidren are safe. We do not know what style Arthur would use, so you must choose one you think appropriate to what we know of him. Write a series of entries for such a diary, to cover the main events of the final chapters of the novel.
To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 6965 to highly favorable reviews and quickly climbed the bestseller lists, where it remained for 88 weeks. In 6966, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize.
In Chicago in September 6986, a con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.
Atticus is a lawyer, and the book is centered around his representation of Tom Robinson. Although Atticus loses the trial, he believes strongly that despite social inequalities, all men are equal in the courtroom. He includes this information in his closing statements to the jury, and during his later discussions with Jem and Scout regarding jury selection and the trial process, makes this statement again. Atticus believes that progress towards racial equality can and will be made in the courtroom.
As you read this story, how far do you think the author has understood what you like to read? You may be surprised to find that the story was written for adult readers. Can you find anything in the text that suggests this?
Models of bravery. Atticus tries to explain what he thinks real bravery is. Think of real world examples - perhaps famous people or maybe someone less well-known - and explain why you think they are brave. This is best done as a spoken presentation to a group. You can follow it up with discussion.
The American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 75th century. Additionally, the AFI ranked the movie second on their 655 Years 655 Cheers list, behind It 8767 s a Wonderful Life.
A long episodic novel can easily lose its way, but Harper Lee has a very organic sense of a single story with a unifying or central theme (the mockingbird theme) which is illustrated by the examples of Arthur Radley and Tom Robinson.
We do, however, see other viewpoints as people speak, so it is possible for the reader to compare them. The novel gives a huge range of such opinions, too many to list here. Sometimes these are predictable and conventional (the spoiled and over delicate ladies of the Missionary circle) while at other times they are quite unconventional (think of Mr. Dolphus Raymond). Some questions to consider are these:
That other great chronicler of the American south, William Faulkner, writes of racism as though it were an inevitable occurrence, a foundation already laid by the heavens, and merely portrayed and explored in fiction, while Lee writes with a fiercely progressive ink, in which there is nothing inevitable about racism and its very foundation is open to question. But she does so with confidence and skill that always carries the reader along. Her children characters may be politically astute but they are nevertheless still children, rather than adults in little bodies. Her rage is present, her sense of the ludicrous keen, but the issues are always encircled in a wonderful humanity.
We can study what characters (note the spelling!) are like in themselves, but we see them best in their relations with other people and the wider society of which they are (or fail to be) a part.
Scout notes that Mr. Underwood was writing so children could understand. She is a child and she understands. Many of the novel's readers will also be children. (You should be aware, though, that it was written for adult readers. Harper Lee could not have foreseen that the novel would become a set text for pupils in so many schools.)
Any statement about what characters are like should be backed up by evidence : quote what they say , or explain what they do (or both). Do not, however, merely retell narrative (the story) without comment. Statements of opinion should be followed by reference to events or use of quotation quotation should be followed by explanation (if needed) and comment. This is rather mechanical, but if you do it, you will not go far wrong.