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Posted December 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM via web

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What is resolution of the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

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anzio45 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 11, 2008 at 5:45 PM (Answer #1)

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'Resolution' means that a story reaches an ending and that all or most questions that the reader may have about the story are answered. In To Kill a Mockingbird two stories come to an end in one episode. First, in the main story and theme of the novel, concerning racial prejudice, the man who has caused the death of Tom Robinson, that is Bob Ewell, is himself killed. The sheriff Heck Tate thinks that this is a kind of justice and says, 'Let the dead bury the dead.' The other story that comes to an end is the Boo Radley one. In the first part of the novel the children have been fascinated by Boo and have been trying to make him come out so that they can see him. In fact, Boo has been watching them and enjoying their play all through the novel without them realizing it. As Jem and Scout come home from the pageant and Bob Ewell attacks them, Boo is still watching out for them and saves them by killing Bob Ewell with a kitchen knife. And so Scout finally gets to meet Boo but in very unexpected circumstances. In this way the two main stories of the novel are resolved or come to a resolution at the same time and the result is a very satisfying conclusion for the reader.

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