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To Kill A Mockingbird Notes

To Kill A Mockingbird Notes

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English Literature Notes-To Kill A Mockingbird Plausible Questions: “Maycomb has recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.” What do you think this “fear” refers to? Discuss. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout has many role models. Who are they? Explain how they have shaped her. Compare and contrast the relationship between Scout and Jem, and the relationship between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra. “I want to be a lawyer just like Atticus”. In what ways have Jem mature? Lee chooses
English Literature Notes-To Kill A Mockingbird Plausible Questions: “Maycomb has recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.” What do you think this “fear” refers to? Discuss. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout has many role models. Who are they? Explain how they have shaped her. Compare and contrast the relationship between Scout and Jem, and the relationship between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra. “I want to be a lawyer just like Atticus”. In what ways have Jem mature? Lee chooses

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English Literature Notes-To Kill A MockingbirdPlausible Questions:“Maycomb has recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.”What do you think this “fear” refers to? Discuss.In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout has many role models. Who are they? Explain howthey have shaped her.Compare and contrast the relationship between Scout and Jem, and therelationship between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra.“I want to be a lawyer just like Atticus”. In what ways have Jem mature?Lee chooses to tell the story of “To Kill A Mockingbird” from the perspective of Scout. What effects does this bring about? Use two instances from the novel to justify your agreement. Themes:
Prejudice
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's asin to kill a mockingbird.”
“we’re making a step—it’s a small step, but it’s a step.” Pg222
Social
 The Radleys, or more specifically Arthur “Boo” Radley, the recluse.
 Terrifying- “Malevolent phantom”
Stephanie Crawford’s spin-offs (neighbourhood legend)
Did not participate in Maycomb traditions e.g. did not go to church,door of Radley house were closed on Sundays, etc.
“ When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because hehad breathed on them”
(Fear of the unknown) Wrong perception from children like Scout“abaseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball and no questionsasked.” And “ everything on the Radley Place was poison”
Radley game the children made “a melancholy drama little drama,woven from bits and scraps of gossip and neighbourhood legend”. This game propagated the prejudice Maycomb folks have on theRadleys.
 The CunninghamsCopyright © 2009-2010 Theodore Lam Xin RongRevised 2010
 
English Literature Notes-To Kill A Mockingbird
Contrast with the Ewells
Although they are poor, they are:
Honest- “They took nothing they can’t pay back”, “No scriptstamps, church baskets…”
Proud of their heritage- has an entailment, “willing to go hungry tokeep his land and vote as he pleased.”
Grateful and generous- Returns stuff eventually to the extent thatAtticus comments” that Mr Cunningham had more than paid him.”
Shy- does not directly return the deed, but does it in secret
Despite all of this, they are not considered to be as cultured as theother Maycomb folk. This is evident when Scout wanted to invitedWalter Cunningham over to their house for a meal. Aunt Alexandraobjected to the idea as she felt that “they’re not our kind of folks.”Furthermore, she feels that appearance does not make anyone inMaycomb more respectable as she told Scout that “you can scrubWalter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and anew suit, but he’ll never be like Jem.”
“he-is-trash”
 The Ewells
Looked down upon because of their father’s (Bob Ewell) actions andconsidered as outcasts
“none of them had done an honest day’s work”
“They were people. But they lived like animals.”
“members of an exclusive society”
“No economic fluctuations changed their status”
“Ewells lived as guests of the county”
People despised them and hence become “blind” to some of theiractivities-“allowed certain privileges by the simple method of becoming blind to some of the Ewells’ activities”
Burris Ewell. Called Miss Caroline a “snot nose slut”, foreshadowinghis father’s behaviour and reveals about his upbringing at home. (orhis lack of and Burris’ use of language gains him the title of a “realmean one”)Copyright © 2009-2010 Theodore Lam Xin RongRevised 2010
 
English Literature Notes-To Kill A Mockingbird
Bob Ewell (Rude, uncouth, drunk) seen from his use of language-likens Mayella to a “stuck hog” refer to Bob’s testimony, pg176-184
Mayella Ewell. Although she tries to be different, she fails at it. Notbecause she cannot, but because she is a Ewell.
She tried to be different- “Mayella looked as if she tried to keepclean” ,”red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged toMiss Maudie Atkinson”
No friends, lonely- When Atticus asked her whether she had anyfriends she said “You makin’ fun of me agin, Mr Finch”
“she took offence into routine courtesy”
Scout commented that Mayella “was even lonelier than Boo Radley”and that she was sad as a “mixed child” pg198
“white people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because shelived among pigs; Negroes wouldn’t have anything to do with herbecause she was white.”
Dolphus Raymond
Rumoured to be drinking out of a bag containing whisky
Although “he’s real good to those chillun” refer to pg 167
“they (Maycomb) cound never, never understand that I live like I dobecause that’s the way I want to live.”
Folks think that “he won’t change his ways”, “He can’t help himself”
Ironically, he comments that “Because you’re children and you canunderstand it,” He feels that the children’s perception of things hasnot been marred by reality. Therefore he sees them as innocent,upright and immaculate people that would be able to understandthe situation in an unbiased position.
 The Finches
Finch children were taunted as their father, Atticus “defendedniggers”
Had to Keep their head about certain things like how Atticus was adisgrace
Francis, Aunt Alexandra’s grandchild, said, “he’s turned out anigger-lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycombagin.”Copyright © 2009-2010 Theodore Lam Xin RongRevised 2010

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