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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird

In the early chapters of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and her brother, Jem, find random items in the knothole of a tree located on the Radley property. In the knothole, they find a...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020, 10:58 am (UTC)

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Atticus has a conversation with Scout regarding the upcoming trial and his defense of Tom Robinson, who is an innocent Black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Scout asks her father why...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021, 5:47 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 3, Scout is dejected after a dismal day at school. After looking forward to going to school, her teacher has turned out to be less promising than Scout had hoped, and Scout has landed...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2020, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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Nathan Radley is Boo Radley's older brother, and he continues their father's tradition of keeping Boo isolated from the community. Boo knows, however, that Jem and Scout have taken a great interest...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021, 11:13 am (UTC)

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a famous novel that was written by Harper Lee. Its driving force is the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man who is falsely accused of raping a white woman. Despite his...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 24, Atticus interrupts his sister's missionary circle and breaks the news of Tom Robinson's tragic death to Calpurnia, Miss Maudie, Alexandria, and Scout in the privacy of the kitchen....

Latest answer posted February 22, 2021, 11:17 am (UTC)

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In chapter seven, Jem and Scout write a note to the anonymous gift-giver who has been leaving small gifts in the knothole of the Radley tree. Although Jem never blatantly states his opinion on the...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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In the 2002 Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus's lesson on real courage can be found towards the end of chapter eleven on page 128 when he says, "I wanted...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020, 11:25 am (UTC)

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Miss Maudie is trying to explain that Boo Radley's father's idea of religion is just as destructive of family life as alcoholism. She says that some kinds of Christians--she calls them...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 3:19 am (UTC)

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The men who show up in chapter 15 to speak with Atticus are concerned members of the community who do not want to have a lynching or anything crazy happen on the night before the Tom Robinson...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2016, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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Because Scout presents this story from her own point of view, the details of her own appearance are quite limited. It would be a fairly awkward construction for her to reflect on her own...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2020, 11:16 am (UTC)

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Atticus shoots the mad dog in chapter 10 and surprises his children, who were under the impression that he was a talentless, boring person. Before the drama unfolds, Jem and Scout lament that...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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Scout diffuses a potentially dangerous situation by talking to Walter Cunningham Sr. about ordinary, everyday matters. Mr. Cunningham is the head of a drunken, angry mob that's descended on the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020, 11:09 am (UTC)

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In chapter 3, Atticus invites Walter Cunningham to stay for dinner. We have previously met Walter in Scout's first-grade classroom when he shows up without a lunch but won't take a quarter from the...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020, 11:04 am (UTC)

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In chapter three of To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout fights with Walter Cunningham. Jem makes a humorous comment after he breaks up the fight: Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2012, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 9, Scout tells her father what Cecil Jacobs said on the playground about him defending niggers, and Atticus elaborates on his unpopular decision to defend Tom Robinson. When Scout asks...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2017, 10:14 am (UTC)

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The main conflict between Scout and her first grade teacher concerns Miss Caroline's rigid teaching methods and Scout's advanced abilities. Scout is not a typical first-grader, and she already...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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In the Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus speaks his famous line on page 103, just a few paragraphs into the novel's tenth chapter. Scout and Jem have...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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When Tim Johnson, the "mad" dog, wanders into town, he presents a real threat. The dog has rabies, a deadly disease that is typically spread through the bites and bodily fluids of wild animals,...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 11:11 am (UTC)

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1. After Atticus cross-examines Bob Ewell, he asks Bob to sign his name, which proves that he is left-handed. Atticus uses this information against Bob Ewell later on in the trial. After Bob signs...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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When the children raid the Radley yard in hopes of looking at Boo through the window, they are forced to flee when Nathan Radley steps outside wielding a shotgun. Shortly after Jem leaps off the...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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In Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Judge Taylor appoints Atticus Finch to defend Tom Robinson in front of what will be a racist jury and audience. Judge Taylor recognizes Atticus...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2021, 11:30 am (UTC)

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Atticus catches Jem, Scout, and Dill trying to leave a letter on Boo's windowsill. He takes the letter and tells the children to stay away from Boo. He wants them to stop tormenting him. Atticus...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021, 11:11 am (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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Towards the beginning of the story, Scout subscribes to the unflattering rumors and legends regarding their reclusive neighbor, Arthur "Boo" Radley. Scout believes Jem's terrifying description of...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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Atticus shoots and kills the rabid dog in Chapter 10. At the beginning of the chapter, Jem and Scout complain about their father's age and uninteresting occupation. Jem wishes that Atticus would...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021, 3:24 pm (UTC)

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In the 1950s, a young Harper Lee headed to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. In New York, her childhood friend Truman Capote introduced her to Michael and Joy Brown. On Christmas,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2021, 11:31 am (UTC)

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Chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird involves a long and thoughtful conversation in the Finch house concerning the nature of justice and the events of the recent trial. When Atticus tells his family...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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Foot washing is found in the New Testament book of John. Before He is betrayed and crucified, Jesus ended his final meal with his disciples by pouring water into a basin and washing their feet....

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021, 11:01 am (UTC)

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To Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, being told she is “like a girl” by her brother Jem is one of the worst insults ever. Scout is a tomboy who despises wearing dresses (much preferring her old...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021, 6:54 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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A common word for father in Maycomb in the 1930s was "daddy." For instance, Cecil Jacobs tells Scout in the school yard, "My folks said your daddy was a disgrace," and "word got around that Scout...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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The most compelling evidence that supports Tom's innocence relies on Mayella Ewell's testimony. She claims that Tom assaulted her and "had [her] round the neck" so that she couldn't escape. Heck...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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Not much is said in To Kill a Mockingbird about Atticus Finch’s appearance. I would argue that the author would far rather that we focus on Atticus’s brave, wise, compassionate, and fair nature...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2021, 11:49 am (UTC)

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In the McIntosh and Otis, Inc. online edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout runs into the middle of the mob surrounding Atticus and begins speaking to Mr. Cunningham in chapter 15, page 155....

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017, 11:00 pm (UTC)

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Thanks to an accident earlier in life, Tom Robinson’s left arm is twelve inches shorter than his right arm. It is immediately apparent that the arm and “small shrivelled hand” are useless, which...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2021, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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On page 93 of the online McIntosh and Otis pdf. version of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem are shooting their air rifles when Atticus tells them that it is a sin to kill a...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019, 12:56 am (UTC)

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It is in chapter 7 that Scout and Jem figure out that Boo Radley is leaving gifts for them in the knothole of the tree. This is shortly after an incident when Jem, Scout and Dill had gone to sneak...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 10:53 am (UTC)

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Burris Ewell epitomizes everything that's wrong with the most hated family in Maycomb. Lazy, dirty, ignorant, and disrespectful of authority, Burris very much takes after his old man, the odious...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021, 10:50 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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Although Scout tries her best to control her temper, Cecil Jacobs provokes her by announcing to the entire playground that her daddy "defended n*****s." Scout is too young and naïve to understand...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021, 11:27 am (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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Tom is innocent of attacking and raping Mayella Ewell, which are the charges he legally faces. Heck Tate takes the stand first and describes Mayella's injuries on the evening in question. He...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021, 2:22 am (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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In chapter 17, Bob Ewell is testifying on behalf of his daughter Mayella. His testimony is filled with derogatory slang due to his uneducated and disrespectful background. Since men, women, and...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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Jem, Dill and Scout do go onto the Radley property at night to see if they can catch a glimpse of Boo. Jem thinks he sees Boo because he says, "Ar-r" but changes his mind to say "chickens" (52)....

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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The quote refers back to what Scout and Jem were told when they got air rifles for Christmas, not to shoot a mockingbird. A mockingbird doesn't do anything but sing many bird songs and harms no...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010, 6:14 am (UTC)

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The mistake that Tom made was feeling sorry for a white woman, when whites are supposed to be superior to blacks. By feeling sorry for Mayella, Tom put himself above her. This is the ultimate...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2013, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 25, Scout mentions that Mr. Underwood wrote in his editorial that he felt that it was a sin to kill cripples. Mr. Underwood likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds....

Latest answer posted April 3, 2017, 9:31 am (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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