The narrator explains that the Ewell family is even poorer than the Cunninghams. Eventually, Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place. Late that night Jem decides to go after them rather than risk Mr. Atticus Finch is an exemplary parent who encourages his children to question and find out for themselves what the truth is. The children have a conversation with Miss Maudie who tells them that it wasn't just Atticus trying to help Tom Robinson.
His reason is because he knows all the ladies of Maycomb county would be by Boo's house bringing him cakes to thank him, and he knows Boo doesn't want to be dragged into the limelight. The following evening, Atticus goes into town, and Jem, Scout, and Dill follow him. When Scout goes to her room, she sees something under her bed. Written by: Type of Work: novel Genres: ; First Published: 1960 by J. Jem and Scout, who have sneaked out of the house, soon join him. Within the framework of a coming-of-age story, Lee examines a very serious social problem.
She follows him into the kitchen and learns that Tom Robinson is dead. As a whole and on many levels, the novel will deal with social class and education. Ewell follows Helen all the way to work and Mr. They concoct endless schemes and even go so far as to create a play that details Boo's life. Scout is awakened in the middle of the night by Atticus, who tells her Miss Maudie's house next door is on fire and they have to get out.
Generations of people have learned what is right and what is wrong from Harper Lee. Lee does, however, adds a little twist to it by stating that the events that our narrator is talking about eventually lead to her brother Jem, five years older than herself, having his arm broken. When she tries to explain this to the new teacher, however, she gets her hands slapped by a ruler. Ewell fell on his own knife so Boo, the hero of the situation, won't have to be tried for murder. Calpurnia, who is minding the children, takes Jem and Scout to her church one day. They're carved to look like Scout and Jem. He is married with children, and is very nice and soft-spoken.
Other mysterious things begin to happen to the Finch children. The bad part is that they all have to spend Christmas day at Aunt Alexandra's house at Finch's Landing. As a whole, To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story, or a story about growing up. Ewell and saves the children. This is what Atticus Finch's example teaches us. But Scout's father, the man she trusts more than anybody else in this world, claims that Robinson is innocent. Scout also finds out that it was Bob Ewell who has made the accusations against Tom Robinson.
Later, Scout mentions to Dill that old Mr. As summer progresses and favorite games become old hat, Scout, Jem, and Dill become obsessed with making Boo Radley come out. Scout goes to school for the first time that fall and detests it. He is being held in the Maycomb jail. He especially finds it hard to grapple with the town's prejudice in light of the fact that Tom Robinson is most certainly innocent.
All that is apparent is that Mayelle's right eye was blackened and that all around her throat was bruised, as if two strong hands had tried to strangle her. At first Jem, Scout and Dill stand aside, but when she senses true danger, Scout runs out and begins to speak to one of the men, the father of one of her classmates in school. There are no substantial impacts of complicated experiences behind Scout's logic and conclusions. Because Atticus is defending a black man, Scout and Jem find themselves whispered at and taunted, and have trouble keeping their tempers. Heck Tate gets there next and tells them all that Bob Ewell is lying under the tree where they were attacked, dead with a kitchen knife stuck in his ribs.
Chapter 19 The next and last witness is Tom Robinson himself. She depicts distinct characters of different age, race, gender, and social status: a young girl, a lawyer, a black man convicted of a terrible crime, a boy feeling responsible for his little sister, etc. This gives readers an opportunity to see all events as if they are looking through the clear glass with no distortion at all. Chapter 4 -Scout and Jem find prizes in a knothole next to the Radley's, so they take them. After he goes inside she stands on his front porch and realizes that she can see the entire neighborhood.
At the end of this fateful night, the sheriff declares that Mr. She is precocious, very much a tomboy, and for a time is obsessed with her ellusive neighbor, Boo Radley. Heck Tate was trying, there were lots of people behind the scene trying. One day she notices something odd: a couple of pieces of gum stuck in a hole in the tree. Chapter 12 As summer begins Scout is crushed to discover that Dill will not be joining them. Usually, the decision would be made in minutes, because a black man's word would not be trusted. When she comments on it, Calpurnia, the housekeeper, pulls her into the kitchen and scolds her for her behavior.
Lippincott Setting: 1930s; Maycomb, Alabama ; ; ; ; ; Major Thematic Topics: ; prejudice; civil rights; racism; defining bravery; maturity; feminine vs. It seems every student in the world who has heard this title. Scout is confused about this, however, because during the summer at the trial she heard Miss Gates distinctly saying ugly things about Tom Robinson, and how this should teach them all a lesson. Tom Robinson's left arm is useless due to an old accident, whereas Mr. He is soft-spoken and polite. Atticus is hoping for an appeal, but unfortunately Tom tries to escape from his prison and is shot to death in the process.