What is your personal reaction, most enjoyable scene, and thought or perspective of "To Kill A Mockingbird"?
5 Answers | Add Yours
This question calls for a personal response; however, Chapter 11 is crucial to the children maturing. Mrs. Dubose called Atticus "a nigger-lover" and the children discuss the issue with their father. Atticus admits to being a "nigger-lover"; in fact, he says, "I do my best to love everybody." Here, the children learn tolerance and see racism in action. The children also go to Mrs. Dubose's as punishment for their actions. Jem reads to her, and he hates it. However, we discover she is struggling to get over a prescribed drug addiction, and Atticus calls her "the bravest person I ever knew." Thus, the children learn courage! A very powerful chapter, don't you think?
Strong scence from the book that is classically portrayed in the movie is Atticus leaving the courtroom after the verdict. The African-American community rises in honor of Atticus, despite the fact that Tom has been found guilty.
The deeper significance of this event is that Atticusmay have suffered a legal defeat, but he gained a moral victory. By exposing the racisim and injustice of the white community toward the black community, he has presaged a time when such injustice will not be allowed to stand. The African-American community rises, not for what has just happened, but what is to come.
My favorite scene has always been when Scout walks Boo home at the end of the novel. The view of the town that she sees from Boo's porch not only brings the novel full circle, but demonstrates the amazing maturation of this young protagonist. I also believe that it is Lee's most beautiful writing, and shows the beauty of this town that she has created:
A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing pole behind him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention. It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose's. . . . Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day's woes and triumphs on their faces.
I am always struck by the scene when the children go to look for Atticus and find Cunningham and the townspeople there confronting him. The children not only run out to protect Atticus, but Scout's innocent comments saves her father's life. It's incredible to see how adults forget the little things when faced with an issue, and how a child must remind them.
I agree with so many of your choices...I also love how Jem takes up for Scout when they are walking home from the school festival and Mr. Ewell jumps them. It is powerful and full of tension...especially when Scout follows Jem home being carried by none other than the ever-elusive Boo Radley.
Join to answer this question
Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.Join eNotes