To Kill a Mockingbird

A novel by Harper Lee

By Alayah Trammell

  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Number of pages: 323
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Characterization

Main characters

  • Jean Louise "Scout" Finch- Narrorator, Protagonist father is Atticus finch. Brother is Jeremy Finch. Her age ranges from 6-9 in the overall story. Assumed age of narration is when she is an adult. She is considered a tomboy. Her First teacher, Miss Caroline, doesn't like the fact that she can already read and write and Scout gets in loads of trouble because of this.
  • Jeremy "Jem" Finch- Overall story revolves around him and his sister Scout(Jean Louise). Aims on being a football player but is too skinny to play around the time he is old enough. He also wants to be a lawyer just like his father but changes his mind through the events played out in the story.
  • Atticus Finch- He is father to Scout and Jem and he is a public defender in Maycomb county, where he resides with his two children. He is faced with a lot of problems his children are tormented and called"ni***r lovers". He is faced with the problem of defending negro Tom Robinson.
  • Robert "Bob" Ewell- Antagonist, he makes his daughter, Mayella lie in front of the court in the trial against Tom Robinson. Bob Ewell beats on his daughter and on the night of the Halloween pageant, he attacks Scout and Jem out of spite of their father defending Tom Robinson. Lives near the town dump with lots of kids.
  • Charles Baker"Dill" Harris- He is Scout's best friend. He is from Meridian, Mississippi he comes from there to visit every summer. Nobody in his family wants him so he gets passed from house to house. He abruptly leaves in the book and is not present for the rest of it.

Minor Characters

  • Mayella Violet Ewell- Father is Robert Ewell and she is of nineteen years of age. Robert made her lie in front of court about Tom Robinson raping her. But in all reality, she was the one that had seduced Mr. Robinson that night.
  • Tom Robinson- He is the man that Atticus is faced to represent throughout the novel. He is crippled in his arm, for it go caught in a cotton gin when he was young. It is quite evident that he did not rape Miss Mayella. For it was her that was trying to seduce Mr. Robinson. Unfortunately, back in the south in 1935 justice was not distributed unto negroes as it would have been to whites. While he was in jail he attempted to run and was shot and killed.
  • Calpurnia- She is the housekeeper of the Finch home and she is a member of the colored community. She lives near the Robinsons and she is friends with them. When Tom dies she helps out with the children while Toms wife, Helen is in shock.
  • Arthur "Boo"Radley- Throughout the novel the children try to get Boo to come out of his house so they can see him. They discover that his real name is Arthur. By the very end of the novel they realize he is not mean or scary like everyone else says he is.

Settings

This story is told completely in flashback and takes place in the 1930s.

Maycomb Courthouse

This is the place of which the trial in which Tom Robinson was found guilty of rape. The trial took place in 1935. Tom was sent away to jail and got shot and killed there in jail.

Finch House

This is where Scout, Jem, Atticus and later on their Aunt Alexandra reside in Maycomb. Many important events take place in this household.

  • One, summer Dill runs away from his home in Meridian.
  • One day during school, they invite Walter Cunningham to their house for lunch.
  • Another time is when their Aunt Alexandria comes to live with them
  • And one evening a mob shows up to the house and tries to make Atticus back out of defending Tom Robinson.

After the Holloween Pagent.

This event takes place at the very end of the book when Robert Ewell attacks Jem and Scout. Mr. Arthur Radley comes out and saves them from being killed by Bob Ewell, just because their father represented Tom Robinson.

Main Conflicts

Man v. Society

Atticus Finch is faced with the challenge of representing Tom Robinson in his false accuse for rape. Atticus's children, Jem and Scout are faced with tormentors and threats from Atticus is a strong man who can see past the prejudices of his society. He. believes that if he did not take this case, he could not tell his own children what to do because a strong man stands up for what he believes in. He was threatened in the book a large number of times by Bob Ewell, Mr. Cunningham, and even his own boss. By the end, Tom Robinson had loss the case and Atticus was still a great man for taking the case

Man v. Man

This event takes place at the end of the book when Bob Ewell is trying to kill Jem and Scout right after the Halloween pageant. Mr. Ewell is still bitter for Atticus taking that case, although Mr. Ewell had one he even told Atticus he would get him and his children. After the pageant while Jem and Scout are walking home, Mr. Ewell follows them they think that is a boy trying to play a prank on them, but still they are scared. Mr. Ewell grabs Jem and breaks his arm somehow. Boo Radely kills Ewell with his own knife and the town Sheriff lies and says the Mr. Ewell fell on his knife, for Boo Radely was only trying to protect Jem and Scout.

Summary

This novel is told entirely in flashback, narrated by Jean Louise Finch as and adult. The story starts out when Dill Harris comes to meet scout and Jem. They are instant friends. The idea of making Boo Radely come out of his house is introduced by Dill. They would like to see if he is like all the neighborhood people say. They are warned by Atticus and told to stop. When Dill returns back to Meridian, Mississippi Scout has to go to first grade she is challenged by her teacher, Miss Caroline. Miss Caroline is upset by the fact that Scout knows how to read, she is convinced that her father taught her how to read. Scout is called mean names and bullied by kids because her father is defending a negro.



At Christmastime, Atticus takes his children to Finch's Landing, to spend time with family. Meanwhile Scout discovers that her father has taken he case. The next summer scout's Aunt Alexandra comes to live with them so Scout can become a "proper young lady". In the trial, Jem and Scout sit with the Negroes in the balcony, so their father wont see them there. Tom loses the case and is killed in jail trying to run away. Mr.Ewell threatens Atticus and his children a few times after that event. He actually takes action on those events and tries to kill Jem and Scout. He is the one that ends up dead and Boo Radely does it to protect the children.

Theme

Differences in social status are explored largely through the overcomplicated social system of Maycomb, the ins and outs of which constantly suprise the children. The relatively well-off Finches stand near the top of Maycomb’s social system, with most of the other people beneath them. un knowing country farmers like the Cunninghams lie below the townspeople, and the white trash Ewells rest below the Cunninghams. But the black community in Maycomb, despite its abundance of good qualities, people below even the Ewells, making Bob Ewell to make up for his own lack of importance by accusing Tom Robinson. These strict social castes that make up so much of the real world are revealed in the book to be both irrational and destructive. For example, Scout cannot understand why Aunt Alexandra wont let her be friends with young Walter Cunningham.

Evaluataion

I would recommend this book to my friends because it is a great book that anyone would like and enjoy very much. This is a classic book read over many generations. This book would not be good for anyone who does not like historical fition. This book was published in 1960 but is based in the 1930s.
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