To Kill A MockingBird

By: Hayley Marie Hutchinson

The Books Summary

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

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Lesson 1: Put Yourself Into Other People's Shoes

-The kids always thought that the Radley house was scary and weird. All of the kids were terrified by Boo Radley, he was a young gentleman that lived in the house. The children always dared each other to run pass the house, throw stuff at it, or the scariest thing to do was to go and touch the Radley's house. There was this tree with a big hole in it close to the Radley's house and Boo left presents and items in the hole for the kids. All the kids thought that Boo was crazy and mean and none of the kids have seen Boo. So one night the kids snuck over to the house to one of the windows and tried to look into it, when all of a sudden they heard someone come out of the house and onto the porch. The person who came out of the house was Boo Radley's older brother who was yelling. The kids heard the man yelling and took off running than all of a sudden they heard gun shots going off from the house. The kids kept on running than came to a fence and Jem's pants got caught and tore, so he left them and kept running for his life. The next day they came back to see if his pants were still there and here they found Jem's pants all sowed up and folded. Someone fixed his pants for him. Than later on they found out that it was Boo the man they thought was scary did something very nice for them. A little later on one of the neighbors house caught on fire and Scout and Jem were standing out there watching it, when later on Scout realized that someone put a blanket on her and after awhile she found out that Boo Radley had placed that blanket on her. At first she was freaked out but than she realized how kind he really was. Us as a reader knew that Boo Radley was a kind and sweet person but the kids in the novel took a little while to understand that he was a kind and sweet person. Boo Radley was not going to hurt them he only wanted to cared about tham and protected them.

Lesson 2: Don't Kill MockingBirds

-There was a part in the book where Atticus gives his kids Jem and Scout a gun and says go and shoot some birds but not a mockingbird because they do not eat people's plants or harm them they only give people beautiful music to listen to.

Lesson 3: Keep Fighting Even If You Know You'll Lose

-Atticus fought for Tom in the trial.

Lesson 4: The World Is Very Unfair

-Towards the end of the book the children Jem and Scout are coming back from like a play from the school or somewhere up town. When all of a sudden Bob Uell try's to kill both Jem and Scout. Bob ends up hurting Jem by like breaking his arm around the elbow area and he like either passes out or gets knocked out. Once that happened Scout was trying to help him out when someone they couldn't tell was fighting with Bob Uell. By the time everything was done Bob Uell ended up dead. And here Boo Radley saved the kids and had to kill Bob.


I wonder if the kids think of Boo Radley differently now since they know him a little more??