[2015] Satyn Beisel: To kill a Mockingbird

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[2015] Satyn Beisel: To kill a Mockingbird

To Kill A MockingbirdBy Harper LeeSatyn Beisel Period 2 December 1, 2015

JeanLouise "Scout" Finch: Scout is the main protaganist, and is a young girl who enjoys wearing overalls and a tough expression. She wants to make her father, aticus, proud and enjoys hanging out with her older brother Jem and their friend Dill. Scout also enjoys reading and writing. She is very prideful and is willing to fight those who disrespect her or her family. By the end of the novel, Scout gains some perspective and learns that sometimes things are different than what you might precive them to be. "Scout's a coward!" ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever Walked away from a fight." (Lee 77)Jeremy "Jem" Finch: Jem Finch is Scout's older brother by 4 years and is one of the forces that ultimately keep her out of trouble. He was the one to first find the trinkets Boo Radly left them, and was the one to start the fasination with Boo the trio had. Jem is young and active and ultimately aspires to be a lawyer like his father. He wants to be able to do things with Atticus that his peers do, but by the end of the novel, he realizes that his father, despite not beingable to do a lot, has his skills and is admirable. "If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside." (lee 227)Charles "Dill" Baker Harris: Dill is a young boy who comes to visit his aunt every summer. He quickly becomes friends with Scout and Jem and is inseperable from them after. Despite being small for his age, Dill was quick and cunning. He eagerly plays games with Jem and Scoutm, and quickly reveals his ability to tell a tall tale. Dill hopes to one day find his father. "Dill Harris could tell the biggest ones I ever heard. Among other things, he had been up in a mail plane seventeen times, he had been to Nova Scotia, he had seen an elephant, and his granddaddy was Brigadier General Joe Wheeler and left him his sword." (Lee 47)

The main theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is to destroy innocence. This is related to the title when they recieved their guns. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee #) This theme is repeated several times throughout the novel as both Jems and Scouts innocence is attacked through multiple periods. This can be related to our current day problem with gun control and school shootings. Slowly over the course of time, these events have been happening more and more often, and the presentation of guns to JEm and Scout shows the readily avalability of guns to everyday people and even children.

Curious Children Experience Conflict and Reality. This novel is clearly a classic. It quickly entices you and pulls you into Scout's childhood and shows you the most endearing and relatable story of how Jem broke his arm. Quickly you learn about the town of Maycomb and the people who live there from the childrens' point of view. You learn not to judge things based off their appearance and that life itself is unfair, but despite the harsh realities they face, they always move forward and prosper. This was a great story, and I would suggest it to anyone. The pace kept you entertained, and didnt mess up the time line of events by quickening the quiet parts. The characteres have some dept and believablility. I, personally, enjoyed it.

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SETTING

In early 1930, during the great depression, our story takes place in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, Scout, a young girl full of spunk has begun to reflect upon the events of her and her brother Jem's childhood. "I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but jem... said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us," (Lee 3)


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