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What are some important quotes from Chapters 1-5 of To Kill a Mockingbird?My teacher...

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heiru | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM via web

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What are some important quotes from Chapters 1-5 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:10 PM (Answer #1)

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Your post is not very clear, but I will provide you with some important quotes from the early chapters of the novel. Chapter 1 serves as excellent exposition for the town of Maycomb and many of its inhabitants. Atticus Finch is summed up in the following quote:

He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb County born and bred; he knew his people, they knew him, and because of Simon Finch's industry, Atticus was related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in town.  (Chapter 1)

Maycomb is described beautifully as

... an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then...
     People moved slowly then... There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.  (Chapter 1)

Scout doesn't exactly fall in love with her new first grade teacher, Miss Caroline. After she is punished by standing in the corner and then "whipped" with a ruler, Scout stares at her teacher as she leaves for lunch.

Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her. She was a pretty little thing.  (Chapter 2)

One of the most famous quotes from the novel occurs after Scout wants to quit school after her terrible first day in the first grade. Atticus talks her out of quitting and gives her some advice on tolerating other people.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."  (Chapter 3)

We learn that Atticus is both a skillful questioner and that Jem wants to follow in his father's footsteps at the end of Chapter 5. Jem tells his father, out of earshot, that

"I thought I wanted to be a lawyer but I ain't so sure now."  (Chapter 5)

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