Basically, in this novel, reading To Kill a Mockingbird is a hint that a character is one of the good guys. Interestingly, Skeeter specifically identifies with Boo Radleya character in Mockingbird.
The two parts that Lee has divided her novel into are broadly explained as being Part 1: Orientation and Part 2: Of course the novel is perhaps more organic than this but these guidelines will provide a useful structure to begin to understand what the purpose of each chapter is.
Title The title of the novel is significant as it indicates the most important idea or theme in the play. A mockingbird is a North American bird that imitates the calls of other birds.
It is a harmless bird and as Miss Maudie explains to Scout in chapter 10 " Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" p.
The phrase is considered to be a proverb although its origins are unclear. In either case for the sake of the novel, the mockingbird represents innocence and the killing of them symbolises the effect that senseless and ignorant evil can have on that innocence.
Harper Lee makes numerous specific references to mockingbirds throughout the novel. Most notably the mockingbird that Jem spots in chapter 28 as he escorts Scout to the Halloween pageant, is linked very cleverly to Boo Radley p.
Notice also, that it is not a mistake that Lee has named the central family in the novel the 'Finch's' - another type of bird. Orientation The orientation sets the scene and introduces the main characters.
In To Kill a Mockingbird Lee also takes the opportunity to introduce the scene and to prepare the audience for what is to come. In the first pages and in particular the first two paragraphs, the narrator and the source of the story is introduced.
It is here that the audience learns that this story will be told by the adult Scout and will be about her childhood.
It is interesting that the narrator states here that the novel will be about how her brother, Jem, broke his arm when he was thirteen.
It is not until the end of the novel that we found out how Jem's arm was broken. More important is why Jem's arm was broken.
Chapter 1 The first chapter introduces, very broadly, the main characters as well as the town. The narrator's description of the Finch family history, while not crucial to the plot, indicates that such things are important in Maycomb.
The description of Maycomb as "an old town" p. Further descriptions of Maycomb on page 5 illustrate Maycomb as a small town with little activity or 'hustle and bustle'. The introduction of Dill to the narrative on page 7 is the beginning of the narrators expression of the innocence of the children.
This is expressed through the fanciful games that they play and the ease of striking up friendships. The way in which the children and in particular Dill, are fascinated by 'Boo' Radley, demonstrates a lack of understanding, that is compounded further by the gossip of the town, especially through the ever gossipy Miss Stephanie Crawford, and the wild imagination of youth.
The fear that Boo Radley instils in the children and even amongst some of the adults of Maycomb, is in contrast to the care free and innocent summer life that the children are leading. From the very beginning of the novel, Harper Lee introduces a gothic or sinister motif that prepares the audience for the bad things that are coming.
Atticus exists in chapter one merely as an adult voice, although he does not appear in person.
This introduction of Atticus is apt, as throughout the novel his parenting style mirrors this interaction with his children. It is Scout's first year at school while Jem, 4 years older than Scout, is returning. The end of summer and the start of formal education culminate poetically with the first signs that Jem is growing up.
He tells Scout that he is not to play with her at school. You may have had situations like this with younger or older siblings. The audience now knows that the novel is not going to be all about childhood innocence.
Thematically, Scout's first day at school is important. Miss Caroline Fisher, her teacher, tells Scout that she is no longer to learn from her father Atticus and even though she is ahead of her year group in reading, Scout is forced to learn the basics the same as everybody else.
This education is vastly different to what Atticus is teaching Scout. In the audience's first encounter with Atticus, he explains to her why some people need to pay for his services in goods. Atticus teaches his children morals and about society as a priority.
Chapter 3 Further evidence of this follows. Scout has a fight with Walter Cunningham.
Jem stops them from fighting and invites Walter home for lunch.To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel about a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in a Southern town in the s, was published in , two years before The Help opens in late I don't believe there are any specific quotes referring to Boo Radley as a mockingbird in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, but there are several examples that hint at his innocent qualities.
Feb 11, · Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Horton Foote (screenplay) Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton | See full cast & crew» Title: To Kill a Mockingbird () / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below/10(K). In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells a story of Scout Finch and her older brother, Jem, in the 's Alabama.
In the beginning Scout, starts out as a very undeveloped child not knowing the prejudice times nearby, as the story progress she gains awareness of . To answer the above question, we must first consider what we learn about Arthur (Boo) Radley in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
If we do that, we can see possible reasons for why he was. Overview. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is the rare American novel that can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and reread into adulthood without fear of disappointment.
Few novels so appealingly evoke the daily world of childhood in a way that seems convincing whether you are 16 or