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It is difficult to pin down one specific part of the novel to describe as a favorite. The trial of Tom Robinson is one of the finest courtroom scenes in American literature, and Atticus's summation to the jury is a classic oratory. (The same can be said of the film version in which Oscar winner Gregory Peck--as Atticus--repeats Lee's dialogue almost verbatim.) One of the events leading up to the trial, the arrival of the lynch mob at the jail and Atticus's decision to face them alone, is highly suspenseful and essential to the character development of Atticus, Jem and Scout (as well as the unseen B. B. Underwood). The final scenes of the novel, in which the children are attacked by Bob Ewell and then saved by Boo Radley, are highly dramatic; Boo's long-awaited appearance is well worth waiting for. I also enjoy Chapter 24 in which Scout joins her aunt at the missionary circle tea. (Sadly, this great scene, so important to the development of Scout's character, is left out of the movie.) But my favorite scene of the novel has to be Chapter 10, in which Atticus unveils his secret talent--that of once being the "deadest shot in Maycomb County"--much to the surprise and amazement of Jem and Scout. Their admiration for their father, who they believe to be "old" and "feeble," soars when they witness him dropping the mad dog with a single shot between the eyes. They learn a lesson about humility, true courage (which Atticus later explains is not a "man with a gun in his hands"), and how people are not always what they seem.
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