To Kill A Mockingbird
By: Jalen K., Bea G., Katie R., & Audrey C.
- Harper Lee uses her personal experiences in her writing to allow readers to understand what it was like during her time period.
- Atticus raises Scout to appreciate the good qualities in someone and understand the bad ones by treating them with sympathy and trying to see from their perspective.
- "Atticus said that Jem was trying hard to forget something, but what he was really doing was storing it away for a while, until enough time passed." (Lee, 247)
Direct and Indirect Characterization of Jem
Indirect Characterization: "Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks, the dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were blood stained-if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off.” (Lee, 16)
Character Foil: Tom Robinson and Boo Radley
Tom Robinson lives with his wife and children. His church takes up donations in order support his family during his time in jail.
Boo Radley lives in isolation with his quiet brother. No one worries or bothers to care about him except Jem, Scout, and Dill.
Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are disabled (Tom has a crippled arm while Boo has crippling shyness.) Also, they are blamed on for things they didn't do, somewhat like "killing a mockingbird."
In this quote, Miss Maudie is referring to Miss Stephanie Crawford's tendency to spread gossip throughout Maycomb. This refers to sarcasm because Miss Stephanie thinks that she knows everything about the trial, but she knows nothing of the real problems because her knowledge is based of of rumors.
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