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Towards the end of chapter 30, Sheriff Tate and Atticus discuss who murdered Bob Ewell. Sheriff Tate knows that Boo Radley ending up killing Bob Ewell during the struggle to save Jem and Scout but...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2017 8:06 pm UTC

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In describing the sick, addicted, and dying Mrs. Dubose, to whom Jem has been given the assignment by Atticus of reading each afternoon, Scout employs original similes, to say the least: She was...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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Chapter one of To Kill a Mockingbird introduces us to the story of Boo Radley. Jem and Scout first encounter Dill Harris and tell him all about Boo. Dill is beyond excited about the idea of Boo....

Latest answer posted May 31, 2015 5:37 pm UTC

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Early in chapter 4, Scout and Jem find gum and then Indian head pennies in a tree. When they return home, Jem seems to ponder the possibility that Boo Radley has left these small gifts; Scout...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 9:28 pm UTC

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Bob Ewell is by far the most despicable man in Maycomb and ends up severely beating his daughter after he witnesses her kiss Tom Robinson on the evening of November 21. In order to conceal her...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 10:58 am UTC

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In a nutshell, I would argue that Dill runs away from home and back to Maycomb because he feels more at home in Maycomb with Scout, Jem, and Atticus than he does in his own home in Meridian. He...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2021 11:45 am UTC

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When Tom Robinson is about to testify in court at the beginning of Chapter 19, he has immense difficulty putting his left arm on the Bible: Thomas Robinson reached around, ran his fingers under...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 3:07 am UTC

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In chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra hosts a Missionary Tea for the ladies of Maycomb. It seems somewhat hypocritical of her to have had Calpurnia involved in the preparation of...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 2:14 pm UTC

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The Ewell family consists of the most despicable citizens in Maycomb, who live behind the town's garbage dump in an old "Negro" cabin. Bob Ewell is the father of numerous children and head of the...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017 4:42 pm UTC

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The Ewells are the poorest of the poor in Maycomb’s white community and are feared and looked down upon by other citizens of Maycomb. They live on the outskirts of the black community by the town...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 5:39 pm UTC

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Atticus shows courage in To Kill a Mockingbird when he mounts a strong defense of Tom Robinson. This is courageous because the white community in Maycomb is hostile to the idea of a fair trial for...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020 3:47 am UTC

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Mrs. Dubose's camellias represent the racism and prejudice found in Maycomb County. The fact that her camellias are white hints towards the racial tensions in Maycomb. Jem's rash behavior...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2015 11:06 pm UTC

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Mayella Violet Ewell is called to testify in the trial of Tom Robinson in Chapter Eighteen of To Kill a Mockingbird. Mayella takes the stand and asserts that she was sitting on the front porch of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 6:14 am UTC

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I would argue that Mayella’s geraniums symbolize beauty in the midst of chaos, and hope—however futile—for a happier future. The bright red geraniums are in stark contrast to the rest of Mayella’s...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021 1:07 pm UTC

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"'I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco,' was all Atticus said about it" (217). Jem and Scout describe their father as dry, but Atticus' comment about Bob Ewell is almost unresponsive. Nothing...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 12:35 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Francis Hancock is Scout's cousin who she absolutely cannot stand. Francis is entitled, arrogant, and prejudiced. In Chapter 9, Scout is forced to hang out...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2016 1:43 pm UTC

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In Maycomb lore, Boo Radley has taken on the role of local bogeyman. Most of this is the result of the reclusive and unfriendly nature of the Radley family as well as the shabby condition of their...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020 9:32 pm UTC

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Miss Maudie tells Scout that Arthur "Boo" Radley was a kind child and gives her a little insight into the Radley family. She seems to think Arthur is more sad than crazy. Miss Maudie lives in...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017 6:05 am UTC

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Tom Robinson's innocence is proven by the skillful Atticus Finch well beyond a shadow of a reasonable doubt. However, sadly, the racial prejudice of the town of Maycomb is so strong and omnipresent...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 7:25 pm UTC

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Calpurnia is one of the fortunate African Americans in Maycomb County in that she is able to read. She also works for Atticus Finch, a lawyer and single father who treats...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2008 11:16 pm UTC

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There are marked differences between the two testimonies and I will list them, showing the specific contrasts. 1. Mayella testified that Tom Robinson only once came to their house. That was when...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 2:50 pm UTC

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One of the defining characteristics of growing up as far as Scout is concerned is the expectation that she will grow up "to be a lady." Indeed, in chapter 9, Scout's uncle asks her to stop using...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 12:19 pm UTC

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In the opening chapter of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill arrives in Maycomb and quickly becomes friends with the Finch children. After Jem elaborates on the numerous rumors...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2021 1:52 pm UTC

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Scout, after missing her cue to go on stage at the school pageant, is too embarrassed to leave with the crowd still around. Still wearing her ham costume, she and Jem begin their journey home once...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018 3:14 am UTC

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While Mrs. Dubose is alive, Scout and Jem see her as an impossibly cranky woman whose appearance is downright repulsive: Cords of saliva would collect on her lips; she would draw them in, then...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2021 10:54 am UTC

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Though Atticus has agreed to represent Tom Robinson in his forthcoming trial, he knows full well that he doesn't stand a chance of getting an acquittal for his client. This is because, in the Deep...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021 10:47 am UTC

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Aunt Alexandra is asked to come be with Jem and Scout while Atticus focuses more on the Tom Robinson trial. It seems, however, that she has another agenda in mind. Back at Christmas time, Scout and...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 8:42 pm UTC

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Atticus tells Scout and Jem that the jury took longer than he expected to come to a verdict because "there was one fellow who took considerable wearing down - in the beginning he was rarin'...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2009 2:38 am UTC

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Imagery is description using any of the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell. Lee uses imagery throughout the chapter, which has the serious goal of teaching the reader about the...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021 11:21 am UTC

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In chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill returns to Maycomb for the summer, much to the excitement of Scout, who associates the season with her friend. However, Dill, Jem, and Scout soon grow...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017 9:52 pm UTC

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In the novel, unlike the movie, there is not a specific moment when we learn that Atticus has agreed to take Tom Robinson’s case. The first we learn of his involvement in the case is close to the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 2:42 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the novel, Jem, Scout, and Dill are enthralled and fascinated with their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley. They become curious about him after hearing the various rumors...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 12:21 am UTC

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The Ewell and Cunningham families are both poor white families who are prejudiced against African Americans throughout the story. Both families lack formal education and live on the outskirts of...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2017 10:12 am UTC

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There are numerous messages contained in To Kill a Mockingbird. However, one of the most significant is the importance of empathy. The people of Maycomb, with the notable exception of Atticus...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021 10:46 am UTC

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Miss Gates, Scout's teacher, carefully goes over with her class the Nazi persecution of the Jews in 1930s Germany, calling it "prejudice" and condemning it as wrong. She is blind to the parallels...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 10:46 am UTC

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Jem had to go back for his pants because the lie Dill told to Atticus didn't involve his pants being destroyed, only lost. He said he had lost them in "strip poker." Jem couldn't argue with that...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 4:23 pm UTC

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Over the course of the novel, Scout matures and learns to recognize her own prejudice, or pre-judging of people based on appearances. The novel runs on two parallel tracks. One is the trial of Tom...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021 11:15 am UTC

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Towards the beginning of the story, Jem is naive and fascinated with their reclusive neighbor Arthur "Boo" Radley. Jem subscribes to the rumors and legends surrounding Boo and views him as a...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020 6:45 pm UTC

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In the Warner Books publication, the pages are 88–90 for this incident. The passage is in Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout's cousin Francis is not a relative of whom she is very fond....

Latest answer posted March 21, 2017 4:20 am UTC

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Harper Lee never directly states Boo's reasoning for leaving the children gifts in the knothole of the tree, but one can infer that Boo was attempting to communicate with them as a way of...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2016 1:28 pm UTC

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After Tom Robinson is falsely convicted for the rape and assault of Mayella Ewell, Jem is utterly crestfallen. He was sure that justice would prevail and that the members of the jury would see...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 10:30 am UTC

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This quote is spoken by Miss Maudie, someone who knows how to speak her mind and is unafraid to do so. She has been a supporter of Atticus since we first met her, and it is through her Scout and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 11:14 am UTC

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In Chapter 11, Jem and Scout pass Mrs. Dubose's house on their way to the store. Mrs. Dubose is an ignorant, cantankerous woman who commonly expresses her displeasure to the Finch children whenever...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2016 2:20 am UTC

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There's no doubt whatsoever that Scout and Jem genuinely love and respect their father. There's also no doubt that they think him somewhat old and feeble. We know this because Scout comes right out...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 11:02 am UTC

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Atticus is trying his best to prepare Scout for the upcoming trial and all its accompanying tribulations. He knows that Tom has no chance of acquittal; he knows that children at school will say all...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 8:20 am UTC

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In Chapter 15, the Old Sarum bunch travels to the Maycomb jailhouse to harm Tom Robinson. Atticus is sitting outside of Tom's cell and refuses to leave the scene. The children have followed Atticus...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2017 12:21 pm UTC

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 12, one salient difference between the church of Calpurnia and the Maycomb Methodist Episcopal Church South is that the black church allows the...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010 5:09 pm UTC

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By the end of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch has traveled a long way on the journey of growing up. She and her brother, Jem, have just experienced a significant trauma at the hands of Bob...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021 1:46 pm UTC

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The camellias are a complex symbol in To Kill a Mockingbird. They represent the sick, elderly Mrs. Dubose, herself a complicated character. Mrs. Dubose is hateful to the Finch children and a racist...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 9:28 pm UTC

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Boo Radley begins to leave little gifts for the children in the knothole of a tree on his property. This is a very significant moment in the novel, because Lee is characterizing Boo through his...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021 11:31 am UTC

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