To Kill a Mockingbird Glog

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Discipline:
Language Arts
Subject:
Reading Comprehension
Grade:
8

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To Kill a Mockingbird Glog

By Andrew Friedman

The Finches stand near the top of Maycomb’s social ladder, with most of the town below them. Ignorant country farmers like the Cunninghams lie below the towns people, and the white trash Ewells rest below the Cunninghams. But the black people in Maycomb, despite their abundance of admirable qualities, goes below even the Ewells, making Bob Ewell to make up for his own lack of importance by persecuting Tom Robinson. These harsh social ladder that makes up so much of the adult world are revealed in the book to be both irrational and destructive.

The plot of the story forms Scout’s moral education. The theme of how children are educated and how they are taught to move from innocence to adulthood recurs throughout the novel (at the end of the book Scout even says that she has learned practically everything except algebra). This theme is explored most powerfully through the relationship between Atticus and his children as he devotes himself to creating a social conscience in Jem and Scout.

The Importance of Moral Education

Literary Elements in To Kill a Mockingbird

Social Inequality

In this story innocents destroyed by evil, the “mockingbird” comes to represent the idea of innocence. Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence (and a "sin").

Mockingbirds

The novel approaches good and evil by dramatizing Scout and Jem’s transition from a perspective of childhood innocence to adulthood, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world. As a result of this portrayal of the transition from innocence to experience.

At the beginning of the book, Boo is just a source of childhood superstition. As he leaves Jem and Scout presents and mends Jem’s pants, he gradually becomes increasingly real to them. At the end of the novel, he becomes fully human to Scout, illustrating that she has developed into a sympathetic and understanding individual.

The Coexistence of Good and Evil

Boo Radley


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