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To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a
tired old town when I first knew it
There was no hurry, for there was
nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no
money to buy it
a malevolent phantom
tyrannical presence & our battles were
epic and one-sided
You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for
her? Mr. Gilmer




Describing Boo
Describing Calpurnia

boy - Mr. Gilmer

it was a gala occasion the courthouse
square was covered with picnic parties
his maddening superiority was
unbearable these days Scout
Its different with grown folks Jem


Emphasis on felt that even though Tom is inferior than white

people but still felt sorry for white girl, should be other way
Gilmers cross-examination: closer, uses intimidation, cutting
Tom off repeatedly & giving audience a different opinion on
the truth
Gives a circus feel to entrance of the trial/ no one doubted
that Tom Robinson was to be convicted guilty


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


a man with a gun in his hand compared

to Mrs. Dubose won she died beholden
to nothing and nobody. Atticus


A mobs always made up of people, no

matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of
a mob last night, but he was still a man
you children last night made Walter
Cunning ham stand in my shoes for a
minute - Atticus
flash of plain fear was going out of his
eyes, appear to be silent
give em a reason, you see. It helps folks
if they can latch onto a reason Mr.
Dolphus Raymond
I couldnt even tell you and Jem what to
I think Im beginning to understand why
Boo Radleys stayed shut up in the house
all this time its because he wants to
stay inside - Jem
Persecution comes from people who are
prejudice Miss Gates
its time somebody taught em a lesson,
they were getting way above themselves
Miss Gates


Relates to theme of need for understanding from others POV.
Scout struggles, with varying degrees of success, to put
Atticus's advice into practice and to live with sympathy and
understanding toward others. At the end of the book, she
succeeds in comprehending Boo Radley's perspective,
fulfilling Atticus's advice in Chapter 3 and providing the novel
with an optimistic ending despite the considerable darkness
of the plot.
The comparisons of real courage / relates to the theme of


Shows Mr. Cunningham loses a part of consciousness & is a

part of mobs action not his own ignorant of his
responsibilities & humanity
Relating to the theme of understanding others from their
viewpoints/ also proves human bond is greater than racial
prejudice/relates to Lees message good vs. bad
Clear indications are Atticus is afraid of Mob But still stayed &
stand up for what he believes in theme courage
Previously described by Scout as sinful man but follows the
pattern about standing in someones shoes, to understand
why Mr DR pretend to be drunk & lie
Relates to duty to his family & also his own principals &
ideas/impact on him &his family/morality & integrity
Jem stood in Boos shoes and understood him better


Hypocrisy of the town



were making a step its just a babystep, but its a step Miss Maudie
shadow of a beginning Atticus
if I didnt I couldnt hold up my head in
town, I couldnt represent this county in
legislature, I couldnt even tell you or Jem
not do something again.
When Atticus turn away from Mayella he
looked like his stomach hurt

238 &

How the town is changing a little bit in racial prejudice by the

1hr long decision making in jury room
Shows Atticus moral sense

Mr. Finch is always courteous to

everybody. Hes not trying to mock you,
hes trying to be polite. Judge Taylor
When they finally saw him, why he hadn't
doneany of those things . . . Atticus, he
was real nice. . . .
His hands were under my chin, pulling up
the cover, tucking it around me.
Most people are, Scout, when you finally
see them.
He turned out the light and went into Jem's
room. He would be there all night, and he
would be there when Jem waked up in the

Contrast of Mr. Gilmer (extracts as much pain & suffering from

Tom) to Atticus who takes no pleasure in exposing Mayellas
Atticus character

Subtle reminder of the themes of innocence, accusation,

and threat that have run throughout it, putting them to rest
by again illustrating the wise moral outlook of Atticus: if one
lives with sympathy and understanding, then it is possible to
retain faith in humanity despite its capacity for evilto
believe that most people are real nice. Additionally, this
passage emphasizes Atticus's strong, loving role as a parent
to Scout and Jemhe tucks Scout in, then goes to sit by
Jem's bedside all night long. Through Atticus's strength, the
tension and danger of the previous chapters are resolved,
and the book ends on a note of security and peace.

Theres four kinds of folks in the world.
Theres ordinary kind like us and the
neighbours, theres kind like the
Cunninghams out in the woods, the
kind like the Ewells down the dump,
and the Negroes.


somebody was reading my mind Jem

Jems view on people

Jems realization that Boo knows him therefore feel confused &

I think theres one kind of folks. Folks.
Entailments seemed all right enough for
living-room talk


Scouts view on people
At first, Scout didnt understand the mob scene but later realised
what had happened

the nights event hit me and I began

Title of Book
shoot all the bluejays you want but
remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird. Atticus
was the only time I heard Atticus say it
was a sin to do something
a sin to cripples, likened Toms death to
the senseless slaughter of songbirds
Well, its sort of like shootin a
mockingbird, wouldnt it?

Mayella Ewell



In the book, the mockingbirds would be Tom Robinson, Boo

Even Mr. Underwood defends Tom by using these

Scout understands that Boo is a mockingbird/ if Atticus do
decide a trial then it would be like shooting Boo as he cant
take the pressure

Mayella looked as if she tried to keep

clean, and I was reminded of the row of
red geraniums in the Ewell yard
young girl, fragile-looking, thick-bodied
girl accustomed to strenuous labour
Mayellas recital had given her
confidence there was something
stealthy about her
nineteen-and-a-half, youre a big girl
Mayella jumped slightly at the question,
under lowered eyelids at Atticus
jerked her head resentfully to Judge


Suggests that her environment has overwhelmed her


Describing Mayella


Show it was a prepared testimony


Child-like mode of answer

Mayella is not straight-forward with her answer, show that she
is hiding something
Mayella is mean to everyone as she feels she is lowered then


Language Techniques
they slipped down, and he dropped them
in the street, in the silence, I heard them
read most of my First Reader and the
stock-market quotations from The Mobile
Register aloud
flicked flies, sweltering shade, soft,
sweat, sweet
like soft tea-cakes with frostings of sweat
and sweet talcum


Use of punctuations to slow time, dramatize & separate little
actions into slow motion


Show humour/whimsy

shiver like a horse shedding flies

advancing at a snails pace
When enough years had gone by to
enables us to look back on them
It was summer-time it was fall as Scout
walk home from Radleys house


Alliteration repetition of s, f, g sounds reinforce Maycomb

Country as old, tired, worn out & sounds like people sighing
Similes & imagery women compared to tea-cakes: viewed
as soft, fragile & ideal image of women & perception of time.
Scout contrasts to Aunt Alexandra
Tim Johnsons description effective imagery as it uses
Show its not 9 year Scout but an older & more mature
Scout reminisces the 2 years in another viewpoint - 3rd