To Kill A Mockingbird
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By: Kimmi M., Umayma H., and Omar U.

Literary Criticisms

1. “The children are taught to look and reach outward. Rising above self-protection and           exclusion, they embrace difference.”

      Scout: “I was curious, interested; I wanted to be her 'company,' to see how she lived,           who her friends were,” (Lee,300).

2. "Through Lee's treatment, the white citizens of Maycomb become hypocrites, blind to       the contradictions in their own beliefs. Hence, these people are judged, however                 benignly, by their own standards, standards which the reader shares."

   Scout to Miss Maudie:  "Is that why Mr. Arthur stays in the house, to keep away from        women?" "I have no idea," (Lee, 60).

3. "The disjunction between the codes men and women profess and those they live by              threatens to unravel individual lives as well as the social fabric."

     “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined                  things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one, I                could just go off and find some to play with,” (Lee, 54).

Characterization:
Atticus Finch

Direct Characterization:

“If Atticus Finch drank until he was drunk, he wouldn’t be as hard as some men are at their best," (Lee, 60). “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets,” (Lee, 61).

Indirect Characterization:

Round Character:

-Undergoes development, shares complexity throughout novel.

Static Character:

-Maintains the same views and values.

Character Foil: Atticus Finch & Mrs. Dubose

Mrs. Dubose yelling at Atticus.

"The meanest old woman who ever lived," (Lee, 46).

Atticus peacefully greets her.

Atticus- people are entitled to their own opinion.

Mrs. Dubose- her opinion is superior to everyone else’s.

Symbol: The Mockingbird

Title of the novel- to punish the innocent

Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Dill, and Mr. Raymond

Narrator

(Scout reflecting on Jem’s broken arm.)

“When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discuss the events leading to his accident,” (Lee, 3).

Allusion

Literary: Ivanhoe (Chapter 11)

Historical: Rosetta Stone (Chapter 8)

Egypt 1799

Biblical: Old Testament pestilence (Chapter 5)

Irony

Situational irony

"Now you tell your father not to teach you any more...I'll take over from here and try to undo the damage," (Lee, 23).

Theme:

Ignorance has the ability to unite and destroy a society by refusing to evolve.

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