What is the resolution of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The resolution of To Kill a Mockingbird comes in the final chapters when author Harper Lee ties together the two primary plots of her novel--that of the mysterious Boo Radley and the trial of Tom Robinson. The true culprit and accuser of the crime for which Robinson is charged is Bob Ewell, the father of the girl Robinson is accused of raping. It is Bob who actually beats his own daughter, Mayella; he accuses Tom, a Negro, of the crime when he sees his daughter kissing the black man. Tom is sent to prison and is eventually killed trying to escape, but Bob still holds a grudge against Atticus Finch, who embarrassed Bob on the witness stand. Bob threatens Atticus and his family, and on Halloween night, Bob decides to attack Atticus' children. However, Boo makes his first appearance in the novel when he defends the children and kills Bob in the process. The resolution comes when Bob dies, Boo finally is seen for the first time, and Sheriff Heck Tate decides to call Bob's death self-inflicted in order to protect the shy and reclusive Radley. Atticus' daughter, Scout, finally sees her fantasy of meeting Boo come true, and she escorts him back to the safety of his house, just as Boo has done for her.

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etotheeyepi | Student

Seems to me that this explanation of the resolution and the previous ones at


leave out the most important part.

What happened to the love affair between Dill and Scout? Did they make babies and live happily-ever-after?  Did they not make babies because Dill left Scout for his gay lover? Or what?


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