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ATTICUS' SUMMATION. Atticus' summation to the jury at the end of the trial of Tom Robinson is one of the highlights of To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus shows off his oratory skills, first refuting the evidence presented by the prosecution and then touching on several important moral issues: racism, pity, intolerance, honest, equality, and God. His three-page oratory is considered one of the finest court-related passages in all literature.
"She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards." (Chapter 20)
BOO RADLEY. The Finches' mysterious neighbor is a source of wonder and speculation to Jem, Scout and Dill. Though Boo has never been seen by any of them, Jem has a good idea of what Boo must look like.
Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall... he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were blood-stained--if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. (Chapter 1)
SCOUT'S VIEW--THROUGH BOO'S EYES. At the end of the story, Scout escorts Boo to his house, never to see him again. Before returning home, she pauses on the Radley porch and looks out over the neighborhood. It is a view she has never seen--literally or symbolically--before. She now stands in Boo's shoes, imagining the past events through his eyes.
Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. (Chapter 31)
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