To Kill A Mockingbird:
Sara Sinnathamby, Evan Schubert, & Louis Cham (PAP English 1A)
General semantics in To Kill a Mockingbird
- "A better understanding of all the numerous ideas of general semantics can help prevent common and frequent misconceptions and misunderstandings."
Symbolism and Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird
- "First of all, the creation of the snowman by Jem can be seen as being symbolic of Jem trying to cover up the black man and showing that he is the same as the white man, that all human beings are virtually the same."
The Romantic Regionalism of Harper Lee
- "Atticus, by his own confession, is no idealist, believing in the absolute goodness of mankind."
Characterization of Atticus:
"I think maybe [Atticus] put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things" (Lee, Ch.10, 130)
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view [...] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it" (Lee, Ch.3, 39)
Atticus is a round and static character.
Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia- both are motherly figures yet share completely different beliefs, especially regarding Scout and race
The mockingbird is a symbol for both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.
“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 [...] That's why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, Ch. 10, 119).
“When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to [Jem's arm being broken]" (Lee, Ch. 1, 1)
"When Dill reduced Dracula to dust, and Jem said the show sounded better than the book" (Lee, Ch. 1, 9)
"I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it really began with Andrew Jackson" (Lee, Ch. 1,1)
"Let the cup pass from you, eh?" (Lee, Ch. 9, 117)
Bob Ewell made multiple threats to Atticus and his family of death, but he was the one that ended up dead.
“Bob Ewell fell on his knife. He killed himself.” (Lee, Ch. 30, 366)
Wherever good arises, evil is there to compete, and wherever there is evil, good is there to fight back.