i need help on a book that we are supposed to do an essay on its called how to kill a mocking birdhi im new here i need help on makeing an essay on a book called how to kill a mocking bird as i...

i need help on a book that we are supposed to do an essay on its called how to kill a mocking bird

hi im new here i need help on makeing an essay on a book called how to kill a mocking bird as i stated above i am supposed to turn it in tomorrow but my teacher is moving really fast through this subject and its hard to grasp the information and make and essay i have a paragraph but i also need to explain how some people in the book like aruther radley live out side the social circle because there are a few people who can be called a mocking bird like mr. radley, Tom robinson, Mayella Ewell that is all i can think of and we also have to explain a bit about the characters but i am afraid i will not turn it in on time

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Atticus Finch is also an outsider in this novel. Not participating in the same racial biases that much of the town holds to (though the narrative voice certainly presents an intrinsicly biased and somewhat racist view, in my opinion), Atticus Finch is more an idealist, dedicated to his own sense of justice, fairness and equality. This idealism, insofar as it stands in contrast to Maycomb, makes Atticus an outsider also.

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One thing you may want to do is compare and contrast two characters, such as Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell.  Comparison and contrast papers are often worthwhile because they help illuminate both of the things that are being compared and contrasted. They also encourage you to go into analytical detail.

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The novel is about differences: personal differences, societal differences, and prejudices. Many of the characters are depicted as different from one another based upon who they are and how they act. As suggested above, you could focus on what makes a character accepted in the novel and what alienates them.

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To Kill a Mockingbird is about differences between individuals. You might focus on that theme of outsiders and choose some outsiders to explore. For example, you could use Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell as outsiders, but you could also consider Scout and Miss Caroline as different kinds of outsiders.
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The outsiders in the story and the human mockingbirds are actually two quite different themes in TKAM. You might want to restrict your theme to just one of these topics. Among the outsiders in the novel are Boo, Dolphus Raymond (a white man who prefers the company of black people), the Cunninghams (poor but honest folks who live on the outskirts of the county); and even the Ewells, who have few redeeming qualities--the main reason why no one will have anything to do with them. African Americans are outsiders to white society as well, so you have a few characters from which to choose. I'd suggest rereading some of the sections with these characters, especially the early chapters concerning Boo. 

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Can you perhaps restate this to make it a bit more clear?  Do you need help with saying why those three people are outside the social circle?  Or do you need to know who else can be seen as a "mockingbird?"

They're outside the social circle and are vulnerable for different reasons.  Boo is because of what he did as a child and his parents' reaction.  Tom Robinson is because he is African American and therefore vulnerable to whites.  Mayella is outside and vulnerable because she is poor and female and a member of this family that is the lowest of the white families in Maycomb.

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Can you perhaps restate this to make it a bit more clear?  Do you need help with saying why those three people are outside the social circle?  Or do you need to know who else can be seen as a "mockingbird?"

They're outside the social circle and are vulnerable for different reasons.  Boo is because of what he did as a child and his parents' reaction.  Tom Robinson is because he is African American and therefore vulnerable to whites.  Mayella is outside and vulnerable because she is poor and female and a member of this family that is the lowest of the white families in Maycomb.

im sorry i forgot to type that they were examples

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