What's a scene in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird that you liked?What's a scene in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird that you liked?

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, I think the scene that I love the most is when Boo has just saved the children.

When Scout meets Boo for the first time. She says something like, "Hey, Boo," and Atticus formerly introduces Scout to "Mr. Arthur Radley," saying that he thinks Boo already knows her. The connection that has been building between Boo and the children over the course of the novel has been alluded to, but not discussed in the open. Not only were there the gifts he left in the tree, but the laugh Scout heard when her tire banged into their house. It is safe to assume that there has been little laughter in this man's life, but the chidren's interest in him has been like love to a man so neglected and abused by his family. As the scene continues, I am delighted that she and Boo sit quietly on the swing while Atticus and Heck Tate discuss what really happened. And when it is time for Boo to leave, the last time Scout will ever see him, she takes his arm in the way a proper young lady takes the arm of a proper young gentleman, showing him what the Finches are really made of—Aunt Alexandra and the ladies of the missionary tea would be proud—and lets him escort her to his home. This touches me so deeply because his family has robbed Boo of his life, and he has become a ghost or a phantom. This unlikely hero demonstrates that he still has the power to love when he saves the children: his family has not taken that from him. And finally, after we have waited and wondered about Boo through the whole story, we get to see the man, and perhaps something of what he might have been.

On the other hand, had Boo not be imprisoned, who can say if anyone would have been there, vigilant as Boo was, to save Jem and Scout when they truly needed him.

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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Since To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite novel, it is difficult for me to choose my favorite scene.  One of my favorite scenes is toward the end of the novel, after Tom Robinson has been convicted.  While Atticus starts to walk out of the court room, Revered Sykes says to Scout, "Stand up, your father is passing," as the entire section of African Americans rise in respect and gratitude toward Atticus.  This scene has always given me goosebumps, mostly because it is just another example of the upstanding human being Atticus Finch is, but it's also the first time that Scout recognizes it for herself. 

 

I also really like the scene at the dinner table when Scout swears.  :-)

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are two scenes that are parallel to one another in which the protective nature of the children of Atticus Finch is portrayed. These scenes occur when Atticus is placed in a threatening situation. In the one involving Jem, the townsmen come into the Finch yard and stand; fearing that his father is in danger since "there are only two reasons that men stand in another's fron yard," Jem calls out shrilly to Atticus, "The phone is ringing."  When Atticus tells him to answer it, the men laugh and disperse.

In the other scene, an angry mob intimidates Atticus who protects the cell of Tom Robinson.  During this scene, Scout remembers what her father has taught her:  single out someone and talk with him by name.  When she speaks naturally to Mr. Cunningham, asking about Walter.  Scout's conversation with Mr. Cunningham makes the man see that he is personally attacking a man who is also a father and who has in the past helped him.  Thus, the situation is diffused and the men leave Tom unscathed.

In these scenes, the endearing quality of the children's sense of protectiveness for their father mirrors what he has shown them throughout their lives, courage and love for one's family.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Since To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite novels, it's difficult to pick just one or even two favorite scenes. Certainly the episode with "One-Shot" Finch and the rabid dog in Chapter 10 is one of the best written scenes in the novel. It has long been my favorite scene from the film version as well. Another of my favorites is when Scout finally sees the man in the shadows and realizes it is Boo; this, too, is one of the highlights of the movie. The "Morphodite Snowman" is another favorite.

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chianne | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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I read To Kill a Mockingbird last year and it is one of my favorite books. My favorite scene is when Mr. Cunningham spits in Atticus's face. I know it sounds bad, but it is. The reason it is my favorite is because Atticus does nothing (except wipe off the spit. YUCK). I really admire him for that (even if he isn't real :D). I honestly can't say I know anyone who would walk away and from something like that. I'm not even sure if I would.

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