The story of "To Kill A Mockingbird" takes place during the time of the great depression in the racially segregate town of Maycomb which according to the book is in southern Alabama. The main character of the story To Kill A Mockingbird is, six year old Scout Finch. Scout also happens to narrate the story. Other characters that play a major role in the story line is; Scouts older brother, Jem Finch along with their friend and also neighbor, Dill. Scout’s father is Atticus Finch. Atticus is assigned by the Maycomb court to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Even though many of the residence of Maycomb try to convince Atticus not to represent a black man, Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson anyways.
Harper Lee is the famous Author of "To Kill A Mockingbird". She was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. Harper Lee is the youngest of four other children in her family. Harper was described as she grew up as sort of a small town tomboy while she was receiving her high school education. Harper Lee had been developing an everlasting passion for the English literature. After she finished graduating from High School in 1944, Harper went to the female only, Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Harper Lee was very distant from the other students, she didnt have much care about fashion, makeup, dating, or other stereotypical feminine things. Instead Harper decider to concentrate her focus on her studies and carrying on her passion for English Literature by joining as a member to the Literary Honor Society and the Glee Club.
Point Of Veiw
Scout Finch is the narrator of the story which she tells in 1st person, telling of what she saw and heard at the time of the event. Scout narrates with her own thoughts, and assessments of her experiences throughout the novel. Although Scout doesn't know everything as a narrator, it is showed how she has matured considerably over the years. Scout mostly tells of her own thoughts and opinions but she also tends to spend a large amount of time to reviewing and analyzing her older brother, Jem's thoughts and his own decisions.
Scout has matured throughout the entire three years, she learns to take on the fears that she posses' and learns not to judge people based on the many stereotypes. Because Scout's personal morals and own personality develop dramatically throughout the entire story, the novel is considered to be a Bildungsroman.
Atticus Finch is a father, and Scout and Jem Finch's only parent. Atticus is a lawyer in the town of Maycomb and is willing to represent the black race as well as his own. He is one of the very few people in Maycomb who portrays a commitment to true racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he ends up exposing himself as well as his children to angry white community. With his head strongly held high with wisdom and empathy, Atticus preforms a major role as the novel’s moral backbone.
Jem Finch is ten years old, and an example of a typical American boy; He refuses to back down from any dare and wont let go of his far fetched dream of Playing Football. He gradually separates himself from Scout's childish games, but also tends to remain to be her protective and close companion as the novel progresses. Jem moves into his adolescent years through the duration of the story. His values are thrown off course badly by the ruthlessness and injustice that he witnesses first hand during the Tom Robinson trial.
Aunt Alexandra is the sister of Atticus Finch, she is a very mentally strong woman who has a obvious fierce devotion to her family. Aunt Alexandra is an example of a southern lady, with her commitment to good etiquette and tradition. It is also often the cause of the conflict between her and Scout.
Bob Ewell is a member of the most poor family in Maycomb. He is one of the many people in Maycomb who is; ignorant, foul, and fully supports the hate filled racial inequality of the time, and supports Bob Ewell's knowingly wrongful conviction that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, Mayella Ewell.
Calpurnia is the Finch’s female colored cook and is often thought of by the Finch family to be family. She is a stern disciplinarian and the Jem and Scout's connection to both the white community and her own colored community.
when To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, most of the white American population viewed the becoming of whites and blacks becoming equal to one another as immoral, dangerous, and even ungodly. A white woman in that time would never admit to doing what Mayella Ewell did by breaking a very long respected racial code by kissing a black man (Tom Robinson).
At the beginning of the story of To Kill A mockingbird there is an introduction to each of the major and minor characters such as Dill, Scout, Jem, Atticus, and Boo Radley. This introduction of the characters establishes the main characters and gives a sense of the troubles the town of Maycomb faces.
In the story, Atticus asked Jem "Where are your pants". Atticus' question strongly encourages that Jem and Scout are both curious about the Radley house.
After the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout is sleepy but she forces herself to stay awake in order for her to hear the verdict of whether tom Robinson raped Mayella Ewell or Not.
Unannounced, Bob Ewell goes up to Atticus Finch and intentionally spits on him. shortly afterwards, Atticus states to Jem "I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco”
Boo Radley surprisingly decides to run out of his house in an attempt to protect jem and scout Finch from being hurt by Mr. Ewell. This specific part of the storyline resolves the mystery and large speculation surrounding Boo Radley.
The most important them in the story is the exploration of the immoral nature of human beings. The novel vigorously attacks this Major question by the transition from Scout and Jem's personal perspective of their innocence as children, in which both Jem and scout assume that all people are "good" because they have been shielded as children from the hatred and cruelty of some adults. As a result of this transition from innocence to experienced, one of the book’s very important sub themes involves the threat, hatred, and ignorance that pose to the people such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, who are not prepared for the indecency that they encounter, and as a result of this, they are unsuccessful.
The motif of To Kill A Mockingbird is of the "old fashioned" and "small town" values, which distinguish itself throughout the entire course of the novel. As if to contrast with all of the suspense and moral grandeur of the novel. much is emphasized to show a "slow paced" and "good nature" feel of the life for the residents of Maycomb. It is often poses classic "small town" values as well as Gothic images in order to examine the forces of good and bad closely.
In the symbolic title of To Kill a Mockingbird, it has very little or no literal connection to the story line. but it does seem to carry a large deal of symbolic weight in the story. In the story of innocents corrupted by the evil nature of people, the “mockingbird” is used often to represent the idea of innocence. this means "To Kill A Mockingbird" is referring to the destruction of innocence.
''You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'' -Atticus Finch
This quote from Atticus is part of an important conversation, Atticus is giving Scout a vital piece of advice that she carries with her development for the rest of the duration of the novel. The wisdom of Atticus’ words reflect upon the simple manner which he guides himself upon by this principle.
The meaning of this quote is that you can't assume you know what its like to be someone without experiencing fist hand what they have to live through.
In this photo, it shows a view of the courtroom where the very important part of the story line, which is where the trial of Tom Robinson is taking place.
In this photo it shows the crucial part of the story of when Boo Radley finally reveals himself after unexpectedly running out of his house, saving Jem and scout from Bob Ewell.