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Mayella Violet Ewell

...This is important because Tom's left hand is mangled and useless, while Bob Ewell is left handed. When Atticus Finch asks her if she has any friends, she becomes confused because she does not know what a friend is. During her testimony, she is confused by Atticus' polite speech and thinks that his use of "Miss Mayella" is meant to mock her. By testifying against Tom Robinson, Mayella is trying to destroy the evidence suggesting that she had attempted to seduce him, and to do what her father wan...

Examples of Jim Crow Laws in To Kill a Mockingbird

...Due to the “spell” that I preciously stated, everyone in Maycomb county automatically assumes Tom is guilty. I was basically impossible to win this case because it was putting a blacks man’s word against a white man’s word. Additionally during the trail, Tom accidently says he felt bad for Mayella and everyone is flabbergasted. A white man feeling bad for a black man was unacceptable (writework.com p.3). Tom is shot 17 times and killed while attempting to escape the priso...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

...Boo Radley is an interesting character. Because he has been shunned away from the public, it takes a lot of courage for him to come out of his house, and to save Scout's life is an even bigger task. He saves her life, and while doing so he is scared, yet he refuses to run away once he knows she is safe. "When I pointed to him his palms slipped slightly, leaving greasy sweat streaks on the wall, and he hooked his thumbs in his belt. A strange spasm shook him, as if he heard fingernails scrape a ...

Jim Crow Laws in to Kill a Mockingbird

...Negroes are considered as trash due to the influence of the “Jim Crow” laws. Mrs. Dubose mentions “Your father is no better than the n*****s and trash he works for!” to Scout one afternoon. (135). At this point in the story, Scout is almost accustomed to having insults thrown at her, but this is the first one from a mature adult. (136). Due to the “Jim Crow” laws, blacks and people who try to restore a bit of equality are given ghastly names. Atticus, another fictitious character of ...

The Great Depression in to Kill a Mockingbird

...(25) Mr. Bob Ewell was excused from a rule because his children were starving from poverty. The rule was about hunting out of season; in Maycomb County, hunting out of season was forbidden. (41) As seen, the Great Depression had impacted Maycomb County severely. The Great Depression had a large impact in Maycomb County, Alabama in To Kill a Mockingbird. Many people lost jobs and were dragged down to the poverty line. Some, such as farmers, were dirt poor. Food was scarce on tables. Children and ...

Coming of Age in to Kill a Mockingbird

...Over the course of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the main characters Scout and Jem learn to respect and treat others for who they are as individuals. By meeting three other characters of the novel, they learn this important lesson. Mr. Raymond and Tom Robinson both teach the children that it is important to respect and honor the fact that Negros are, in fact, humans along with white citizens. Boo Radley teaches them to stand in another person’s shoes before forming an opinion about the...

To Kill A Mockingbird Characters

...Atticus Finch, Jem’s father, is a successful lawyer, and they live in the richer part of town, and have Calpurnia, their colored nanny, who takes place of his deceased mother. Lizabeth is not so fortunate. She and her family live in a shack, on the outskirts of a town. Her mother works long hours to keep food on the table, while her father, doesn’t have a job, because he got fired during the Great Depression. Another difference between the two is that To Kill a Mockingbird is told from Scout...

Empathy in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

...Harper Lee’s novel ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ illustrates how to “walk about in someone’s skin” through the protagonists Scout and Jem as they learn this lesson along with the reader. As their understanding grows - in particular Scout’s as she is the narrator - the reader’s understanding also grows as when the children learn and understand something, we also do. If we could get more people to empathise with others like both Scout and Jem in the novel, we could eliminate the prejudic...

Atticus Finch

...Atticus is obviously a very wise man, who can get the job done. In the part of the story with Mrs. Dubose, Atticus states, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what” (93). Atticus uses many quotes like this in the book, all consisting of the wisest comments out of the whole story. In this quote Atticus is lecturin...

?Is Mayella a Victim or Criminal

...But without the right guidance and love she will be keep hurting herself by putting herself through all this exploitation. She seeks this love because she gets from nowhere else, as her mother has passed away, her dad is an alcoholic, and she has no friends. She may be a criminal for accusing Tom Robinson for something he hasn’t done but she herself is also a victim of the society, her family, and loneliness. But it’s these experiences that urged her to become a criminal. She was also a mock...

The Two Parts of To Kill a Mockingbird

...Harper Lee was able to show different variations of change in people, ideas and the community of Maycomb in both parts I and II. Lee’s dynamic novel is based on the beliefs of racism, segregation and much distinction, factors that cause problems in society; some problems are more easily fixed than others and some take more than one person to fix. People and human nature are the root of all the wrongs and rights and we can see how sometimes change in people and behaviors comes and goes, happens...

Atticus Finch Monologue Analysis

...He goes to Helen's home to tell her of Tom's death, which means a white man spending time in the black community. Other men in town would've sent a messenger and left it at that. His lack of prejudice doesn't apply only to other races, however. He is unaffected by Mrs. Dubose's caustic tongue, Miss Stephanie Crawford's catty gossip, and even Walter Cunningham's thinly veiled threat on his life. He doesn't retaliate when Bob Ewell spits in his face because he understands that he has wounded Ewell...

Atticus Finch as a Moral Character

...Acting morally does not require perfection, and any person or character will have minor flaws and imperfections. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch serves as a near-perfect role mode in contrast to the chaotic environment of 1930’s Alabama. His desire to avoid inane conflict, always strive to be the better person, and accept challenges in the process of doing what is right demonstrate his true sense of righteousness, and call us to act as better people in the face of advers...

To Kill a Mockingbird Archetypes

...Another major archetype in this story is the initiation that Scout, Jem, and Dill go throughout the tale, each at an individual pace. In the beginning of the twelth chapter, Scout goes over how Jem was growing older and how he was “difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody. His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him I consulted Atticus: “Reckon he's got a tapeworm?” Atticus said no, Jem was growing. I must be patient with him and disturb him a little a...

?The Southern Gothic Motif of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

...One time Scout said, “It occurred to me that in their own way, Tom Robinson’s manners were as good as Atticus’s…” (260). People in Maycomb believed Tom Robinson was just a nigger that raped a white girl, but if they looked deeper they would see that he’s just as courteous as the town-known lawyer, Atticus Finch. Another great example of appearance vs. reality is when Scout states, “Neighborhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived” (46)....

Empathy in To Kill A Mockingbird

...Scout is beginning to respect Aunt Alexandra for her positive aspects, rather than showing disdain for her shortcomings. Scout also demonstrates a heightened sense of understanding to Boo Radley, specifically, when Boo wants Scout to walk him home. “I would lead him through our house, but I would never lead him home.” (Lee- 278). Scout understands that it would be embarrassing to Boo to have an eight year old girl leading him home and it would give possible onlookers the wrong impression. In...

Characters that influence scout in to kill a Mockingbird

...strange or act weird. In the novel Atticus is referring to Boo Radley when he says “You never really understand a person until you’ve climbed into their skin and walked around in it.” (Lee 39). Scout does not really understand Boo Radley until the end of the book when he saves her brothers life. She really starts to understand him as she is standing on the Radley’s porch. She then realizes that even though Boo Radley was a bit odd looking, he was not a bad guy, in fact he was actually ra...

Empathy in "To kill a mockingbird"

...Throughout the novel Atticus proves to us what a respectful and empathetic man he is and also shows his strong beliefs towards racial equality which was an uncommon quality in a man during the 1930’s. A prime example of his empathy towards people suffering racism was when he agreed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man wrongfully accused of rapping a white girl. To Atticus, cheating a black man is the worst thing a white man can do "There's nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man...

To Kill a Mockingbird Social Pressures

...Dolphus Raymond was the town “drunk”. Everyone thought he was an alcoholic and therefore had no idea what he was doing having a “colored woman and mixed kids” (214). Despite their assumptions, he wasn’t ever drinking alcohol, just Coca-Cola. During the trial, Dolphus explains to Scout, “Some folks don’t – like the way I live… I try to give ‘em a reason, you see, it helps folks if they can latch onto a reason… they could never understand that I live like I do because that’...

"To Kill A Mockingbird": The trial of Tom Robinson

...For the rest of us however, the consequences are not so clear and simple and they will not be immediately known to us. A major consequence is that the race of the defendant and the victim played a major role in the decision. A jury of all whites convicted a black defendant on evidence that was far from beyond reasonable doubt. Emotions ran high and although facts and not emotions should have been the basis for the verdict that was certainly not the case. So this trial demonstrates that we as peo...

To Kill a Mocking Bird: Appearence vs Reality

...The characters in To Kill A Mockingbird work hard to maintain appearances that differ from reality. Many times in life, people, incidents, or events appear one way to us, when in reality, beneath the surface they really are or mean something else. Many times we interpret someone's actions in a different way than they intended. A simple example of this is when a teacher gives a test and tells students to remain silent and keep their eyes on their own paper. When one student leans over and asks a...

"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

...Deserving more compassion than anyone is Tom Robinson. Tom, a poor black male, has to make a great effort to provide for a wife and four kids. He is a hard working and sincere man whose only mistake was having sympathy for Mayella Ewell. He tries to do her favor but because of the racism in Maycomb, Tom is soon accused of raping Mayella and founded guilty. Losing hope, he tries to flee but is soon shot down because of his crippled arm. Then shortly after Tom's death Scout finds a roly-poly in th...

Aunt Alexandra in "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

...Aunt Alexandra makes refreshments for the Missionary Society. These refreshments she makes herself rather than getting Calpurnia to make them; perhaps this is attempt to prove herself superior to almost everybody else while also adding to her reputation of a good hostess. As well as making refreshments for the missionary society Aunt Alexandra joined the Maycomb Amanuensis Club and became the secretary. Aunt Alexandra is slightly hypocritical because as an incurable gossip she has no problem mak...

Comparative Essay: To Kill A Mockingbird and Martin Luther Kin

...Both composers wrote their texts for the same purpose, to help change social attitudes and to challenge the responder to employ tolerance and understanding. They achieved this by using various techniques to convey messages that help the audience 'walk in someone else's shoes' for a brief moment of time. King leaves his audience with a feeling of hope and optimism for the future; Lee's ending provides cautious optimism but it is still apparent. Both texts leave the audience with valuable knowled...

Family life in To Kill A Mockingbird

...We don't hear very much about Dill's family, but from what we do hear, we can see that he has a very difficult situation where he comes from a broken family. Dill spins grand tales about his father but runs away from home later in the book because he feels his mother and stepfather don't care about him. Harper Lee makes it very clear to us that parents influence children so much so that we can see the enormous difference between the Finches and The Ewells. We are introduced to a good black famil...

To Kill a Mockingbird - Atticus Speech analysis

...Early on in the novel we are introduced to this malevolent phantom (page 9) that only appears at night. Any stealthy crimes committed in Maycomb were his work. Once the town was terrorized my a series of morbid nocturnal events: peoples chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barkers Eddy, people still looked at the Radley place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions. (Page 9)Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mocking ...

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Metaphor Analysis

...The metaphoric character Tom Robinson certainly shares numerous similarities with the mockingbird in various aspects. He is innocent and does no harm, but the society ignores his voice and persecutes him unreasonably. Just like a mockingbird, he is misjudged by the majority of the people. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson is represented as the most apparent victim, the mockingbird figure of the story. However, most importantly, the mockingbird metaphor lies beyond the chara...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Scout's Curiosity

...Scout's curiosity greatly affects many people in Maycomb by questioning their continuing prejudice. When Scout follows Jem and Dill to the jailhouse to see if Atticus is safe, Scout influences Mr. Walter Cunningham, by talking to him. He and the mob that he is with had planned to kill Tom Robinson and maybe even Atticus, but Scout, just a child, stopped them. She runs up and starts making conversation with Walter. This makes "Walter Cunningham stand in [Atticus'] shoes," (157) and think twice ab...

Diary of Boo Radley

...Despite their fears of me, Jem and Scout even tried to have a look inside this house once to get a glimpse of me and also tried to communicate with me on several occasions. I have tried communicating with Jem and Scout, by leaving them a trinket or two in the knot-hole of one of the live oaks out the front of our house at night time. After some time, the children began to realise it was me leaving the surprises in the tree, and they decided to write me a little note. Nathan found the note, reali...

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

...If it were any other man it'd be different. But not this man, Mr Finch.'" (Heck Tate, pg 304). Even Scout seems to understand Heck Tate's arguments. "'Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?'" (Scout, pg304). On the other hand, Boo did kill a man, and according to the law he committed murder, even if it was in self-defence. "...it's my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up." (Heck Tate, pg304). In either case, the murder of Bob Ewell, and Arthur Radley bei...

To Kill A Mocking Bird (literary Devices)

...Finally, Harper Lee uses adjectives that suggest different feelings, which contribute to the reader?s understanding of the setting. For example:fore perceive the setting as scarier and more fearful then they originally thought. Another example of this device is when Lee is describing the Radley home, ? Rain-rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda? (Lee pg.15). The word drooped suggests feelings of depression, sadness and loneliness. This gives the reader a feeling that this house i...

Racial Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

...True justice can only be found when, race isn't a factor that will play against someone being treated fairly. For race not to be a factor people must distinguish the difference between a person and the stereotypes they know about the persons race, and only know the facts about the struggle the particular person has had. As the book To Kill A Mockingbird said it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. The mockingbird being a innocent person that has done no wrong, just because a mockingbird is a bird doe...

Is Atticus Fitch a good Father?

...¬Atticus is a normal person with a unique parenting style. He does not abide by the basic principle of the Maycombian lifestyle in which other parents use while raising their children. He believes that children should make their own decisions and develop their own personalities. He gives them freedom because he trusts them enough to do so, but as soon as they take advantage of that freedom, he is quick to set them back on track. In conclusion, Atticuss parenting methods and ways of showing affe...

Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird Book

...Finally, the setting of Maycomb contributes greatly to the theme of courage as Harper Lee portrays Maycomb as a Negro-hating society, one which has no one that bothers to stand up for Negroes and a psychopath that has a thing for killing. Atticus and Boo himself break this spell of a scared Maycomb by Atticus standing up for a Negro and Boo saving the lives of the two children. The setting was probably most crucial in portraying courage as one of the main themes in the story. All in all, I thin...

The Father-Daughter relationship of Atticus to Scout

...She just does not always treat him like a father, and when she doesnt, she is his pupil. Scout has limited knowledge because of her age, and thusly, cannot understand Atticus as well as he understands her. Atticus tends to be an enigma to Scout, and reveals himself only when she asks questions, but not revealing himself all the way. She does not understand him in a way a daughter gets a father, but she does have the general knowledge of understand of how a student understands a master. This jus...

Courage (To Kill A Mockingbird)

...Another example of courage is when Scout rolls the tire into the Radley yard. She is terrified when she realises where she is and her immediate reaction is to run straight back to the street. When she gets back Jem tells her to go back and get the tyre but Jem ends up doing it anyway. When Jem returns he accuses Scout of being a sissy girl. What he doesn't know because Scout decided not to tell him is that Scout heard laughter from inside the house. That is why she ran out so fast, forgetting th...

FAQ about To Kill A Mockingbird

Why is Boo Radley a Mockingbird?

...In conclusion, Boo Radley is a Mockingbird because he became an undeserving victim of humanity's prejudice. And he had to endure with all those judgmental comments of the people around him but no matter what people said about him, the kindness and in ...

Reasons Why Mayella Ewell is a Dichotomous Character

...She only had one friend which was Tom Robinson, but she betrays him by lying to everyone in Maycomb saying he beat her up, when really it was her dad. She does this because she would rather save her abusive father than saving an innocent black man’ ...

Why is Atticus a hero?

...In conclusion, Atticus is a hero on many levels. He is a heroic role model to his children, and heroic in his beliefs and actions on human rights, even if most white people in Maycomb County disagree with him. Atticus always maintains his dignity in ...

What Is The Significance Of Boo Radley?

...Boo does not show up only the bad qualities in the town's society but also the good and rational side to it. At the very end of the novel, after the children have returned from their altercation with Bob Ewell, we see the sheriff, Heck Tate, vindicat ...

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