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To Kill a Mockingbird

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The kids sat in the balcony with Reverend Sykes, the pastor of Calpurnia's church, and the rest of the black community who were there in support of Tom Robinson. They really belonged there rather...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2007 5:49 am UTC

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Here are more suggestions for your introduction to your essay on the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: If you are writing a character analysis, you may wish to begin with a passage that is...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2010 8:50 am UTC

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The root of this questions lies in the rumor mill of Maycomb. One of the rumors about Arthur "Boo" Radley is that his hands are stained red because he eats raw animal meat, specifically...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2008 6:57 am UTC

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He tells him this because he thinks Dill will catch what Atticus calls "Maycomb's usual disease," which is racism. When a person is young, Mr. Raymond theorizes, they tend to recognize...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2008 4:53 am UTC

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"The patience of Atticus is opposed to the impatience of Miss Caroline. The corporal punishment used by Miss Caroline is quite different from the gentle reasoning employed by Atticus. Scout...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2009 12:55 pm UTC

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Atticus Finch is a character who lives by his own principles. He is steady in his beliefs and doesn't compromise his ethics because society may think something different. He doesn't put on a...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015 11:30 pm UTC

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Without knowing which method that you are currently using to find quotes, I can't know if my method is "easier." I can give a recommended method though. I think a solid method for obtaining...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 11:05 pm UTC

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"Baleful influence of the past and culture degeneracy" basically refers to the ideals of whites being supreme over all other races. In times of slavery in the south (which is where this takes...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2009 8:37 pm UTC

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Jem and Scout have gotten used to living near the Radley House, and though it ... was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end...,...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 2:55 am UTC

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The most obvious symbol in the novel is related to the title: a mockingbird. Theme and character are closely interwoven with the title, as you can tell from studying the novel's major...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 4:30 am UTC

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Harper Lee portrays the blatant racism of 1930s Alabama in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Scout and her brother Jem learn about discrimination and prejudice when their father, Atticus Finch, takes on the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2008 6:49 am UTC

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The well-meaning women of the Missionary Circle seemed to be far more interested in the uncivilized and un-Christian Mruna tribe in Africa than they were of the poor people who lived in Maycomb....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012 12:02 am UTC

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Absolutely. This is one of the best scenes in the entire novel. The innocence of a child triumphs over a violent mob.The beauty in this scene is that Scout runs up to a very dangerous situation,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008 6:42 am UTC

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Strangely enough, Jem does indeed learn elements of tolerance from the intolerant Mrs. Dubose. 1. He learns that even though people might be illogically prejudice or in Mrs. Dubose's case,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2009 10:07 am UTC

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After asking Bob Ewell about whether or not he went for a doctor, Atticus then asks Bob to confirm Sheriff Tate's account of Mayella's injuries. Bob Ewell answers that he thoroughly agrees with the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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Dill, Scout, and Jem are rude in how they go about trying to catch sight of Boo Radley, but they do not mean to be rude. Primarily, they behave rudely because they are filled with fear of this...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 4:16 pm UTC

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This is a good question. It is hard to say that Arthur Radley changes in the book, because he does not say much, and he is always in the background. Without direct communication from him, we need...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2015 11:51 am UTC

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In Chapter 10, Scout recalls the time Atticus gave her and Jem air-rifles and instructed them that it is okay to shoot bluejays but that it is a sin to kill mockingbirds. Miss Maudie clarifies this...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2013 6:53 pm UTC

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Atticus is the model of courage in the novel. First, Atticus agreed to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus knew from the beginning that he would lose the case and would be ridiculed. But he still...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 1:14 am UTC

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Other "insignificant" characters who lose their battles in To Kill a Mockingbird: WALTER CUNNINGHAM SR. Cunningham's land is entailed and what acres are not entailed are "mortgaged to the hilt."...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

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Bob Ewell lies about Tom Robinson's raping Mayella just as Dolphus Raymond lies about his drunkenness. Each lie is rooted in the racism of Maycomb's society. Mayella's transgression in acting on...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 5:42 pm UTC

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Questions about themes have been previously asked. Please see the links below for more information.

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008 2:07 am UTC

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This is one of the best adapted films I have ever seen of a novel. However, to make the movie fit a specific time frame, you don't see several scenes and some of the character's jobs are changed....

Latest answer posted March 24, 2010 12:24 pm UTC

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This is a good question and I am sure you will get lots of different and equally valid answers. For me they begin to grow apart because Jem reaches adolescence and starts to take an interest in...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010 4:53 pm UTC

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JEM. Mrs. Dubose. Jem's anger about Mrs. Dubose's comments concerning Atticus gets him in trouble, and he is forced to read to her for a month or more. Jem learns about the consequences of his...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 11:49 pm UTC

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Calpurnia knows the importance of language and the type of language she needs for different audiences. To use a black dialect or "talk black" to a white family would be taken as a sign that...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2008 10:43 am UTC

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Atticus embodies his own words throughout the novel. First, in the way he treats his children. He teaches them lessons about being a good person. For example, he makes Jem visit his neighbor and...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2008 9:26 am UTC

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There are not any organized civil rights groups mentioned in the novel, but there are several white people who acted with a mind to equality and justice for all people. Those are the type of people...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2011 8:23 pm UTC

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Aunt Alexandra continually disagrees with her brother, Atticus, throughout in the novel in regards to several issues. She objects to the way he raises his children without teaching them about their...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 12:29 am UTC

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If someone wanted to argue that Tom Robinson is freer dead than alive, then he or she could say a few things. First, Tom as a dead man does not have to suffer in a world where white people have...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 3:49 am UTC

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Those who belong to the dominant group in Maycomb society, the whites, have a different system of justice than the outsider group, the blacks. The justice system is very strongly tilted in the...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 12:08 pm UTC

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When Tom testifies in his trial, he realizes the fine line he must walk. He must tell the truth, but because of the strong and entrenched racism in which he lives, he must be very careful to stay...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 7:40 pm UTC

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Basically, Dill makes Jem do this by appealing both to his pride and to his greed. He appeals to Jem's pride by challenging that pride. He dares Jem to go and touch the door unless he is scared....

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

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The performance by Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch won him the Best Actor award for both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. His performance has been called one of the greatest in film history,...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 11:30 am UTC

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Dill, Jem, and Scout, during their Summer role-playing games, made the Radleys and specifically Boo, a subject of a myriad of imaginary legends. Everything from him attacking his unsuspecting...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 12:22 pm UTC

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It has taken Jem and Scout quite a while to let go of their desire to "make Boo come out" so they can get a look at him. Jem has finally come to understand that Boo does not want to be seen....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 10:44 pm UTC

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What a wonderful project to be working on to gain a deeper understanding of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Perhaps the easiest character to create a memory box for is Dill. Given that...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2011 3:47 am UTC

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The title of the novel seems appropriate, since it comes from one of Atticus's most important talks with his children. His explanation that "it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" is more than just a...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 10:41 am UTC

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Tom Robinson could be considered a symbolic mockingbird for various reasons other than generously helping out Mayella. Earlier in the novel, Atticus tells his children that they can shoot all the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

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Both Jem and Scout mature greatly throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, though Jem arguably makes larger leaps in the process. One of the greatest influences on the maturation of Jem and Scout is their...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2013 6:19 pm UTC

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In Chapter 24 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the ladies in Aunt Alexandra's missionary circle say some very hypocritical things to reveal their prejudiced beliefs that all African Americans...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 4:57 am UTC

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Tom Robinson survives his short stint in the Maycomb Jail, saved from the lynch mob by Atticus's determined stand and the timely arrival of Jem, Scout and Dill. Following Tom's conviction, he is...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2012 11:38 pm UTC

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Your thesis statement should express the main idea of your essay. The scene you are talking about happens in chapter 12 of the book. The way you develop a thesis statement about this particular...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2012 8:40 am UTC

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Harper Lee's novel is a coming-of-age story in which the young protagonist, Scout, and her brother, Jem, discover the nature of both bravery and racism in rural Maycomb, Alabama in the early...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2007 1:38 am UTC

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Because it is Dill's last night in town, Jem and Dill and Scout decide to go and try to look in the window of the Radley place to see if they can see anything. While they are in the act, a shadow...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 2:48 am UTC

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In To Kill a Mockingbird one way in which author Harper Lee demonstrates that hatred changes its focus over time is by pointing out hypocrisy. One example of hypocrisy is seen during Aunt...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 6:48 am UTC

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Family dynamics can be defined as the culture, structure, and makeup of one's family, which significantly influence each member's perspective, interests, personality, behavior, and life choices....

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In the United States, Prohibition, also known as The Noble Experiment, refers to the period from 1919 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption were...

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