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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What are the names of the chapters in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, didn't create chapter titles; she simply used numbers to order her work. Her reasoning for this is unclear, but after reading the novel, we can create our own titles based on the important events in each chapter.

There could be many interpretations depending on what you personally deem important. Lee packs several main ideas into each of her chapters, which means each chapter can have overlapping narratives and multiple conflicts. For example, chapter 8 has the first snow, the snowman, and the fire at Miss Maudie's. The chapter also contains an encounter with Boo Radley. It's up to you to decide what to focus on. Here is one list of possible options for chapter titles.

  1. Welcome to Maycomb
  2. First Day of School
  3. Walking in Another Person's Shoes
  4. The Tree, the Radley Lot, and the Game
  5. Miss Maudie's Take
  6. Close Call
  7. Truth Hurts
  8. The First Snow
  9. The Case
  10. One-Shot Finch
  11. Courage Comes in Many Forms
  12. Cal's Church
  13. Aunt Alexandra Comes to "Help"
  14. Monster Under the Bed
  15. The Angry Mob
  16. And So it Begins: The Trial
  17. Testimony: Sherrif Heck Tate and Bob Ewell
  18. Testimony: Mayella Ewell
  19. Testimony: Tom Robinson
  20. Dolphus Raymond and the Secret Coca-Cola
  21. The Verdict
  22. The Aftermath: Tears, Treats, and Taunting
  23. lntegrity and Racism
  24. Tea with the Missionary Circle
  25. A Trip to the Robinson Home
  26. Hypocrisy in Maycomb
  27. Odd Happenings
  28. The Halloween Pageant and the Attack
  29. The Real Boo Radley
  30. Who Killed Bob Ewell?
  31. The Gray Ghost and Other Legends
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Harper Lee did not name each of the chapters in her book To Kill a Mockingbird; however, it would be interesting to know what she would have named them. Chapter headings usually give some clue into the purpose or theme found therein, so one would have to read them first in order to know how to name them appropriately. The following are a few possibilities:

1. The Finches and the Radleys

2. Scout's First Day of School

3. Considering a Different Point of View

4. The Secret Knothole

5. The Radley Game

6. "Where're Your Pants, Son?"

7. More Gifts from the Knothole

8. Winter Snow and Fire

9. Defending One's Honor

10. Atticus to the Rescue

11. Mrs. Dubose: The Bravest Lady Atticus Ever Knew

12. Be a Girl!

13. Aunt Alexandra Comes to Stay

14. Dealing with Aunt Alexandra and Runaway Dill

15. Scout to the Rescue

16. Maycomb County Appears for the Trial

17. The Trial Begins

18. Mayella Ewell's Testimony

19. Tom Robinson's Testimony

20. Closing Arguments

21. The Verdict

22. Jem's Turn to Cry

23. Bob Ewell, Old Family, and Boo Radley

24. Tea Party Revelations

25. The Dust Settles: Maycomb's Response

26. A Lesson about Democracy and Nazis.

27. Halloween in Maycomb: Mysterious Rumblings

28. The Halloween Pageant and an Unlikely Hero to the Rescue

29. The Aftermath of the Attack

30. Meet Mr. Arthur

31. The Gray Ghost

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1: Where It All Begins2: A Rough First Day3: Lunchpails & Cooties4: The Giving Tree5: Conversations With Miss Maudie 6: The Radley Raid7: The Mysterious Hemmed Jeans & Knothole Presents8: Fire & Ice9: Unhappy Holidays 10: Never Judge A Book By...

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Its Cover11: Courage & Camellias12: Visit To First Purchase African M.E.13: Life With Aunt Alexandra14: Stepping On Human Snakes15: Close Calls With Old Sarum16: Maycomb Gathers 17: The Good & The Bad 18: Mayella's Red Geraniums19: Truth20: Atticus's Final Arguments21: The Verdict & Loss of Innocence 22: Maudie Makes The Best Cakes23: Atticus Elaborates 24: The Missionary Circle of Holy Hypocrites25: Maycomb's Racist Reaction To Tom's Death26: Maturation & Current Events27: Ewell's At It Again28: Scout & Jem's Longest Journey Ever29: Hey, Boo30: It's Like Shooting A Mockingbird31: Boo's Porch & The Grey Ghost

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The chapters in To Kill a Mockingbird are simply numbered.  There are no titles.  However, for quick reference, I have my own "titles" that I use so I can find things quickly when I need to.  It may not be what you want, but I hope it helps.

1=Background on Maycomb and the characters

2=Scout vs. Miss Caroline (first day of school)

3=Walter for lunch and meet Burris Ewell

4=gifts in the tree and rolling up on Radley's porch

5=meeting Miss Maudie and Atticus wants them to leave Boo alone

6=The shotgun porch scene

7=Jem's fixed pants and more gifts/cement in the tree

8=the first snow and a big fire

9=Finch family Christmas and mentioning the trial

10=Mockingbird chapter and Atticus as a Hero

11=True courage and Mrs. Dubose

12=Jem grows apart from Scout/church with Calpurnia

13=Aunt Alexandra comes to stay

14=a fight with Jem and Dill's surprise

15=The mob scene at the jailhouse

16=Dolphus Raymond and beginning of the trial

17=Heck Tate and Bob Ewell on the stand

18=Mayella on the stand

19=Tom on the stand

20=more about Dolphus Raymond and why he lives like he does

21=the verdict

22=a "baby step" in the right direction

23=Atticus vs Alexandra on the Cunninghams

24=the missionary circle and Tom is shot

25=Reaction to Tom's death

26=reflection on Boo and Miss Gates is a hypocrite

27=the pageant and Bob's trouble in town

28=the attack on the kids and the rescue

29=meet Arthur Radley

30=discussion on what really happened under the tree with Heck/Atticus

31=last discussion of the mockingbird symbols

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