Understanding: Quote Analysis
The assignment I chose to demonstrate my understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird was to analyze a quote. My quote was from Miss Gates when she describes America as a democracy. The quote analysis sis not take me very long and I was happy with the results. The quote I had chosen was one that interested me when I first read it, so it was easier to fully explain it. When reading that quote in particular in To Kill A Mockingbird, I was surprised since I had never noticed the hypocrisy of the United States during World War II. By writing my paper, I was able to explore a new topic and expand my knowledge. I learned more about history and like Scout, was able to understand new elements in the story. In school, I often analyze quotes when writing essays. Especially in history, I write many document based essay where I use quotes to prove and support my thesis.
Overall, I am proud of my quote analysis although I feel that I could've elaborated more and made more connections, but I worked hard and produced a concrete analysis. I tired to connect the quote to other elements in the novel but struggled when writing the connections. I wonder if I had concentrated more on my thoughts I would have written certain portions of my paper more eloquently.
The quote I chose was connected to perspective since it shows how Scout's perspective has changed as the novel has progressed. Now that Scout is older, she is able to see the complexities and discrepancies of the world around her. Not everything stated is true, as seen when Miss Gates says America is a democracy where everybody is equal when race was segregated. Likewise, quote analysis is also an activity people use in real life as well. As soon as somebody makes a comment, others will interpret the statement and make inferences.
For my theme project, I brainstormed the theme I was to center my project around first. I settled on the theme things are not always what they seem, which was a theme I recognized when reading the novel. I started with the Boo Radley example in the middle and created other examples and connections around it to from a collage. Building my collage reminded me of putting together a puzzle. All the different connections fit together to create the final project.
I think the collage looks good but I know that since it was the last of the projects I completed, I rushed through it and the page turned out quite simple. If I had put more time into the design and execution of the project I think it would have turned out more composed and more aesthetically pleasing.
The theme I chose was extremely relevant to perspective. Not everything being as it seems is the very change in perspective, exemplified in the example included in my collage. As Scout's outlook changed, she perceives people and experiences differently than what they once were. This theme is prevalent commonly in reality, for instance in the common saying "never judge a book by it's cover." This saying is a warning to be careful before making rash judgements because those assumptions may not be right, similar to how previous beliefs can be altered and changed in the theme.
The particular project was something new and definitely helpful. Usually, I have trouble identifying theme, but being aware of this assignment and looking for themes while reading was beneficial. Actually creating the collage was enriching since it was gratifying to be able to come up with certain examples and incorporate them. After determining the representations on my theme in the novel, I realized how interconnected everything is in To Kill A Mockingbird and I was able to further appreciate Harper Lee's storytelling. Lee delicately layered all these different elements in her novel to truly emphasize a certain message.
Character: Character Map
For my character map, I first traced a picture of Jem from the movie of To Kill A Mockingbird and after, I added different quotes about Jem around his figure, I tried to choose quotes that showed his physical appearance as well as his personality and evolution in character. Character analysis is a skill I frequently practice while reading books. Particularly, last year in English, I was assigned to analyze a character from Great Expectations, and I chose to evaluate Mr. Jaggers. Like this one, I enjoyed the assignment because I was required to scrutinize a character and gained a deeper understanding of the character as well as the effect of the character on the story.
I was satisfied with the finished product of the character map. I was pleased with the drawings as well as the quotes I added, although did not have the space for all of the quotes I wanted to write. In retrospect, I wish I had copied down quotes about Jem as I was reading instead of looking through the entire book, which was incredibly tedious. Also, I believe I could have been more creative and added more color to the picture.
The character map was an interesting project in terms of perspective. The depiction of Jem was given through Scout's eyes, so there is a degree of bias. Jem, as seen in To Kill A Mockingbird, is from one perspective, which changes over time, similar to how people are portrayed in actuality. The character map uses pictures and quotes to create an overall representation of Jem, whereas people create 'character maps' of other regularly in their minds applying background knowledge and past experiences.
Diction: Idiom Study
The first project I completed was my idiom study.
Assignment: write a 1+ page response after reading the excerpt Go Set A Watchman in which you consider the effectiveness in comparison to To Kill A Mockingbird