Atticus assumes that Jem killed Ewell in self-defense. Scout unwittingly diffuses the situation. Atticus takes a reading light, and leaves. The time: the early 1930s. Casting Judgment Judgment is a major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the trial, the children go through tribulations of their own as they learn valuable lessons about justice, commitment, and what is right.
Among Atticus' chief arguments is that Tom has a crippled left arm, yet the supposed rapist would have had to make extensive use of his left hand in assaulting Mayella before raping her. The children push their way forward. She is a rebellious girl who has tomboy tendencies. Atticus handles her with his customary grace and sensitivity. Their speculations thrive on the dehumanization perpetuated by their elders. The house is owned by Mr.
. Scout sees the man who rescued them behind Jem's door, and realizes it is Boo Radley Robert Duvall. He has come to stay in their neighborhood with his relatives over the summer. The bad: this friendly, cozy community isn't so friendly and cozy with the blacks. Several incidents in the novel force Scout to confront her beliefs, most significantly when Tom is convicted despite his clear innocence. Atticus, thinking Jem wielded the knife, begins to consider a case of self defense involving Jem, when the sheriff corrects him.
The jury took the word of a white woman who was clearly lying over a black man. She learns that one person cannot truly understand another without first stepping into his or her shoes. It affected Jem, Scout, and Dill because they had witnessed a jury that refused to accept facts, instead allowing its racial prejudice to decide Tom's fate. Scout continues to have fights at school, because people denigrate Atticus for defending a Negro. The in Monroeville was used as a model for the film set since they could not use the courthouse due to the poor audio quality in the courthouse. Lee reportedly based the character of Atticus Finch on her father, Amasa Coleman Lee, a compassionate and dedicated lawyer.
Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer. Arthur Boo Radley stabs father with a pair of scissors. Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth. Scout draws a startlingly precocious analogy, likening unwelcome public attention to Boo to the killing of a mockingbird. Burris threatens the teacher with violence, foreshadowing the violent attack by his father later in the book.
The narrator explains that it is a time of racism and prejudice. At the same time, Scout undergoes an inevitable disillusionment as she is exposed to the reality of human nature. Climax: The high point of To Kill a Mockingbird is when Scout and Jem are walking home from the Halloween pageant and Bob Ewell attacks them. Tom tried to push her away. Before the trial starts, Atticus' sister Alexandra comes to live with the Finch's. Exposition Meet Me at the Fishin' Hole We begin in , a sleepy little town in Alabama.
The story covers three years, during which Scout and Jem undergo changes in their lives. Tom Robinson: The accused but seemingly innocent rapist who is shot dead trying to escape prison. Boo Radley rescues them by killing Bob with his own knife. When Scout enters school, we meet Walter Cunningham, the son of a poor but proud family of farmers. The Ewells are a mean, antisocial clan who rely on government assistance and only send their children to school one day a year, to avoid the truant officer. Lee, Harper Harper Lee, 2001. This event underscores how thoroughly the justice system has failed Tom and the black community of Maycomb.
The named Atticus Finch the of the 20th century. Tom is a black man who has been accused of raping and beating a young white woman. She has a rough first day, and gets in a fight with young Walter Cunningham, Jr. In his closing argument Atticus asks the all-white male jury to cast aside their prejudices and instead focus on Tom's obvious innocence. Dubose's strange fits, but over the month the sessions get longer and the fits slowly disappear. Both children ask to go with Atticus when he visits Tom Robinson's wife, Helen. As summer roles into fall, it is time for Scout to go to school for the first time.
Jem can't avoid it when Scout, rolling in a loose tire, ends up at the foot of their steps. Plot The story is told by the little six-year-old girl Jean Louise Finch nicknamed Scout. The judgment theme is depicted in the circumstances that befell Tom Robinson, a poor African-American field attendant who is accused and put on trial for rape. Mayella is extremely uncomfortable, and her testimony is inconsistent. Atticus wipes his face and leaves. Himself Another conflict in the novel is Atticus vs.
The highlights of the school year come when Scout and Jem occasionally find presents stuffed into a knothole of a tree next to the Radley's fence. The reader finally learns how Jem broke his elbow. They also befriend Dill, a small boy who comes to visit and stay with his aunt every summer. The plot of To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around main character Scout Finch. They decide to sneak onto the Radley lot in hopes to sneak a glance at Boo inside. They try leaving notes for Boo on his windowsill with a fishing pole, but are caught by Atticus, who firmly reprimands them for making fun of a sad man's life.