In a novel with a huge cast of characters, there is no reason to avoid using stereotypes in every case. Are all adults good at knowing how clever young people are? What are the circumstances surrounding Dill's return to Maycomb? The author makes the comparison clearer in Chapter 25. Late summer 6 Children try to spy on Boo. News comes of Tom's death. As the children set off for the pageant Chapter 28 , Jem hears a mockingbird and jokes that Boo must not be at home. Do you think the sheriff's explanation or Atticus's is the more likely to be true? What are these feelings and why? Heck Tate works out what has happened, and conceals Bob Ewell's flick-knife, in order to maintain that the kitchen knife was Ewell's weapon, on which he fell. Was this a wise thing to ask her to do? Mayella wants Tom to keep her company by always asking Tom to help do chores around her house whenever he walks by the Ewell house.
The kids are only accepted into the black balcony because Atticus is defending a black man. Summer 14 Dill returns to Maycomb. Explain briefly how Tom was killed. Give reasons for your view. Can you think of additional ways in which the following function as symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird? The wrongness of killing the bird is evident, but it becomes a metaphor for the wrongness of harming innocent and vulnerable people.
How much does Atticus tell her? Boo in the final chapters of the novel Arthur's saving of the children's lives is presented in an unusual way. Why do you think he made those choices? What do you think is the author's reason for writing? Why does Atticus tell them to forget it? Research the 1930s trials of the Scottsboro Boys and compare how the justice system worked in this case to the trial of Tom Robinson. Conner in the court outhouse. What parts seemed less interesting? In the last chapter of the novel, Scout repeats this, but she changes skin to shoes - this is probably not a mistake: Harper Lee suggests that Scout cannot clearly recall exactly what Atticus said and when, but the reader can check this! Discuss why or why not. Why does Atticus choose not to reveal to his children that Judge Taylor appointed him to Tom's case? Here are a few suggestions, to get you started.
Decide how open and truthful you want to be. Fifteen years later Arthur, now aged thirty-three, attacked his father with a pair of scissors. Have attitudes to racism remained the same or have there been any changes for the better or worse since then, in your view? Did you notice the shifts occurring? All around us in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. As the narrator she makes comments about how reliable other people's accounts are - so we allow for any distortion or exaggeration, as appropriate Miss Stephanie, for example, is likely to exaggerate. Reading the reading Be prepared briefly to explain your own understanding of the story, and how this changes while you are reading it for the first time, and also on subsequent readings, where you notice more.
It is inferred from the sounds Scout hears and what Heck Tate discovers at the scene. Atticus receives presents from black community. It was inspired by the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American youth kidnapped, beaten and drowned by two white men because he whistled at a white woman. Why might it be important for him and Scout that Boo should not be at home? What event or episode in Scout's story do you feel truly captures her personality? Scout learns more from a variety of sources. The stereotype of aristocratic white women is held up to ridicule - their virtue is seen as excessive delicacy, and they appear as selfish and hypocritical.
Who spends most of their time with her in this chapter? Why does Atticus ask Bob Ewell to write out his name? What do we learn from Dill's account of his running away? Dubose say about the children's mother? Summer 21 The jury returns a verdict of guilty on Tom. What aspects of the story are universal, cutting across time and place? What do we learn indirectly of the home life of the Ewell family in this chapter? The language of the children, the eloquence of Atticus and the language of the townspeople reflect their attitudes and often their prejudices. Most of this information comes from Jem, who has heard it, in turn, from Miss Stephanie Crawford - and she is known to exaggerate or invent things. Ch 13-15 Read the first two things Alexandra says when she comes to the Finch house. What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Is there a simple answer, or any answer, to the question How can you hate Hitler an then turn around an be ugly about folks right at home? You can choose the age range for the discussion. How does this compare with what Scout already believes? Miss Gates teaches about Hitler and the Jews. Part 2 Summer 12 Children go to First Purchase church with Calpurnia.
How are they different from Baptists? If not, do you believe it should change? Coming-of-age stories are also known as members of the genre Bildungsroman, which tends to depict main characters who take large steps in personal growth due to life lessons or specific trauma. Many of the novel's readers will also be children. If you find this question hard to answer, try this test. Statements of opinion should be followed by reference to events or use of quotation; quotation should be followed by explanation if needed and comment. To Kill a Mockingbird has been challenged repeatedly by the political left and right, who have sought to remove it from libraries for its portrayal of conflict between children and adults; ungrammatical speech; references to sex, the supernatural, and witchcraft; and unfavorable presentation of blacks. She does not confine the narrative to things that she has directly experienced - for example she recounts stories from the history of Simon Finch, and repeats what other people tell her. Summer 13 Aunt Alexandra entertains Maycomb's ladies.
Summer 23 Atticus is not frightened by Bob's threat. What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Did the situation end justly? Do you see the event differently now? By the time of the events in the novel it is no longer clear how far Arthur is forced to stay in, and how far this is his own wish. If so, for the better or worse? September 3 Burris Ewell upsets Miss Caroline. Chapter 6 Why does Scout disapprove of Jem's and Dill's plan of looking in at one of the Radleys' windows? In addition to a biting analysis of race relations, To Kill A Mockingbird is also a story about Scout's maturation. In what way is this partly true? Harper Lee leaves the question open as to which is worse - the cool institutional racism of Maycomb, which Nathan Radley typifies, or the extreme emotional racism of individuals like Bob Ewell. If you cannot find any, ask a teacher who knows this text.