Chapter 1The Finch family – Simon Finchescaped religious persecution andstarted a farm that supported thefamily Atticus – lawyer, widower, successful,supports 2 children Jack – doctor Alexandra - farm
Maycomb (5) Atticus related by blood or marriage tomost families Great Depression “tired old town” “courthouse sagged” – law is in disrepair “there was no hurry, for there was nowhereto go, nothing to buy and no money to buy itwith, nothing to see…”
Calpurnia, their cook, helps to raise thechildren. Jem four years older than Scout has memories of their deceased mother.Sometimes these memories make himunhappy. Dill: Does not discuss father Playmate of Jem and Scout Visits aunt in the summer
Radley Place (8-13) Arthur Boo Radley is a recluse and no one hasseen him outside in years Myth: Boo had gotten into trouble and his fatherimprisoned him in house as punishment. He was not heard from for fifteen years laterwhen he stabbed his father with a pair ofscissors. Dill dares Jem to touch the Radley house.
Radley Place (8-13) “inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” “he went out when the moon was down and peeped inwindows” “any stealthy, small crimes were committed by him” “people’s chickens and household pets were foundmutilated” “They did not go to church” “shutters and doors closed”– stand offish, misfits “he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch,that’s why his hands were bloodstained – if you ate ananimal raw, you could never wash the blood off”
Chapter 2Scout is excited to go to schoolJem walks her (paid by Atticus) “during school hours I was not to botherhim, I was not to approach him withrequests to enact a chapter of Tarzanand the Ant Men, to embarrass him withreferences to his private life…” (16)
Judgment Miss Caroline is from Winston County,which make the children believe shecannot be completely trusted. Doesn’t understand society in Maycomb Miss Caroline concludes that Atticus hastaught Scout to read. She makes Scout feel guilty for beingeducated – insults her father “tell him I’ll take over from here and try toundo the damage…your father does not knowhow to teach…” (17) She learned on her own
The Cunninghams Walter has no lunch; Miss Caroline offers him aquarter to go downtown. He refuses - he will be unable to pay her back Proud and honest family “The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back”(20) Scout tries to explain the C’s economic situation butis disciplined by Miss Caroline, who doesn’tunderstand The C family is hardened by the Great Depression,which make their farming unprofitable. Pay Atticusfor legal services with firewood, nuts and turnipgreens. Mr. C does not want to give up his land andwilling to go hungry to retain his voting rights.
Chapter 3 At lunch, Scout rubs Walter’s face in the dirt. Jem breaks up the fight and invites Walter to jointhem at the house for lunch - fairness Walter discusses farming conditions withAtticus; Jem and Scout do not understand. Different worlds: “Reason I can’t pass the first grade…is I’ve had tostay out ever’ spring an’ help Papa with the choppin’,but there’s another’n at the house now that’s fieldsize” – children have to work “he and Atticus talked together like two men” –Walter had no childhood, unlike Jem and Scout
Judgment Walter asks for molasses; Scout criticizes Calpurnia pulls Scout into the kitchen andtells her that Walter is a guest in the houseand should be treated with more respect. “’Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets footin this house’s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t‘ you letme catch you remarkin’ on their ways like youwas so high and mighty!” (24) – hospitality andequality regardless of social status
Burris Ewell The Ewell’s are much poorer than theCunningham’s and less respected by the community. Only comes to the first day of school “Been comin’ to the first day of o’ the first grade ferthree year now” (27) Lice – “cooties” “He was the filthiest human I had ever seen. His neckwas dark gray, the backs of his hands were rusty, and hisfingernails were black…” (27)Leaves cursing the teacher – pride (doesn’t want it to seemthat he is listening to her)
School Scout confesses that she does not want toreturn to school and that Atticus should teachher at home. “’You never went to school and you do all right,so I’ll just sat home too. You can teach me…’” “’No I can’t…I have to make a living” (29) Atticus: law requires her to attend school, buthe will continue to read to her as long as shedoes not tell her teacher. “You never really understand a person untilyou consider things from his point of view” (30)THEME
Bending the Law Scout wants to be treated like Burris and be allowedto stay home, but he’s from a disgraced family andshe’s not “None of them had done an honest day’s work” (30) “They were people, but they lived like animals” Laws are different for the Ewells – people pretendnot to notice their behavior “Mr. Bob Ewell…was permitted to hunt and trap out ofseason” “when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskeyhis children have a way of crying from hunger pains” “Are you going to take out your disapproval on hischildren?”
Chapter 4 Scout is disappointed in school “I could not help receiving the impression that I was beingcheated out of something…I did not believe that twelve yearsof unrelieved boredom was exactly what the state had inmind” (33) Hole in the tree Gum – Jem thinks it’s poisoned Indian head pennies “Finders were keepers unless title was proven” (35) “They’re real strong magic” - imagination
Children’s games Jem rolls Scout in a tire onto the Radley property Jem calls Scout a girl (offensive to her) since she’s beingemotional and imaginative; he wants to make her seemlike a coward so that he becomes the hero Imaginative role play “A Hot Steam’s somebody who can’t get to heaven, justwallows around on lonesome roads an’ if you walk throughhim, when you die you’ll be one to, an’ you’ll go around atnight suckin’ people’s breath” (37) Dill, Jem and Scout pretend to be the Radley family and makeup stories to re-enact
Chapter 5 Scout feels neglected by the boys – tries to beatup Dill to get his attention back Scout spends time with Miss Maudie “Miss Maudie hated her house; time spent indoors wastime wasted. She was a widow, a chameleon lady whoworked in her flower beds in an old straw hat andmen’s coveralls, but after her five o’clock bath shewould appear on the porch and reign over the street inmagisterial beauty. She loved everything that grew inGod’s earth…” (42) Baptist prejudice – “foot-washing Baptists” believethat anything that is a pleasure is a sin (even MissMaudie’s flowers) “The thoughts I spent too much time in God’s outdoors andnot enough time inside the house reading the Bible” (44)
Arthur/BooHe used to be a polite young man; MissMaudie suggests that Mr. Radley and hisstrict religion drove Arthur crazy“sometimes the Bible in the hand of one manis worse than whiskey bottle in the hand of –oh, your father” (45)“if Atticus Finch drank until he was drunk hewouldn’t be as hard as some men are at theirbest. There are just some kind of men who –who’re so busy worrying about the next worldthey’ve never learned to live in this one”
Jem and Dill plan to give Boo a note invitinghim for ice cream, thinking some time outsidemight make him feel better Atticus catches him: “stop tormenting thatman” (49) – Warns them about being politeWhat Arthur does is his businessHe’s entitled to his privacyWhat might seem peculiar to children is notThe civil way to communicate is through the frontdoor, not the side windowStay away from the house until invitedStop the asinine imitations making fun of peopleand putting Boo’s history on display
Chapter 6 Children go peep into the Radley house and seea shadow of a man Shotgun sounds – Mr. Radley thought a blackman was stealing his greens “Says he’s got the other barrel waitin’ for the nextsound he hears in that patch, an’ next time he won’taim high, be it dog, nigger, or – Jem Finch” (54) As they crawl beneath the fence by theschoolyard, Jem’s pants get caught on the fence. To escape he has to leave his pants behind –goes back at night to retrieve them (trembling offear)
Chapter 7 Jem’s pants they were mended and neatly hungover the fence. Treasure in the tree: Twine – no one claims it, so they think it’s theirs. Soap carvings that resemble themselves. A pocket watch Spelling bee medal Scout is still unhappy in school, but Jemencourages her that it gets better the furthershe goes.
The children see Mr. Nathan Radley fillingthe hole with cement. He tells Jem he plugged the knotholebecause the tree was dying; however,Atticus points out that the tree is stillgreen.
Chapter 8 Cold winter: “Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stonethat when children disobeyed their parents, smokedcigarettes and made war on each other, the seasonswould change: Jem and I were burdened with theguilt of contributing to the aberrations of nature,thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors anddiscomfort for ourselves” (63)
Mrs. Radley’s death: “Old Mrs. Radley died that winter, but her deathcaused hardly a ripple – the neighborhoodseldom saw her” (63). Snowman (judgmental) – Atticus makesthem disguise the caricature: Snow and mud = dark snowman (racist comments fromScout) Fat snowman with a mean face = Mr. Avery Woman with small arms on her large hips = StephanieCrawford
Fire Neighbors help her save some furniture –neighborhood works together in times oftragedy Boo Radley puts a blanket around the chilledScout – she’s upset at being so close to him Despite losing her home, Miss Maudie is in goodspirits and plans to build a smaller house and alarger garden.
Chapter 9 Fight with Cecil Jacobs – “Scout Finch’s daddydefended niggers” (74) Atticus says fighting is childish and reprimands Scout forthe n-word “’Do you defend niggers, Atticus?’ ‘Of course I do. Don’t saynigger, Scout. That’s common’” (75) Tom Robinson Atticus thinks it’s the right thing to defend Tom – moralityand justice are important to him “If I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’trepresent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell youor Jem not to do something”
Tom Robinson Black man accused of raping a white woman “He lives in that little settlement beyond the town dump.He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows hisfamily well. She says they’re clean-living folks…there’s beensome high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn’tdo much about defending this man…” The town is racist and judges Atticus Even though he cannot win the case, but Atticusexplains to Scout that it is the proper thing to doand that Tom deserves the best defense he canoffer.
Scout’s Reaction Compares the attitudes of the Maycomb neighbors tothe Civil War Atticus prepares Scout for the racism she mightencounter from neighbors “This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fightingour friends. But remember this, no matter how bitterthings get, they’re still our friends and this is still ourhome” (76) She feels noble when she walks away from a fight withCecil – doesn’t want to disappoint Atticus
Christmas Uncle Jack comes to visit; a doctor who explains allprocedures he does; not terrifying Scout learns to swear hoping that if she says shelearned it in school Atticus won’t make her goanymore Francis – cousin; Scout can’t stand him; they are polaropposites
Aunt Alexandra Aunt Alexandra – Atticus’s and Jack’s sister that ownsthe farm; Scout thinks she was swapped at birth; acold lady that want Scout to be a lady Criticizes Atticus for letting Scout “run wild” and notdisciplining her, but Atticus likes her just the way sheis “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. Icould not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; whenI said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposedto be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’svision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves,tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gaveme…I should be the ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life”(81)
Racism and Ageism Scout has to eat at the small table – Aunt doesn’tthink she is civilized enough for the adult table News that Dill is homeless – “passed around fromrelative to relative” Fight with Francis Aunt A’s opinion through Francis’s mouth: “If Uncle Atticus lets yourun around with stray dogs [referring to Dill] that’s his ownbusiness…it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides,but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of thefamily…we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again.He’s ruinin’ the family” (83)
Scout defends her family With fists… “I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.My left impaired, I sailed in with my right” (84) …and gets a spanking from Uncle Jack, whichshe thinks is unfair because he never heard herside of the story (unfair).
Atticus on his family Mad at Jack for not telling Scout the meaning of a swear word–believes children should never be lied to Thinks all children go through a stage of bad language and she’lloutgrow it when she stops getting attention for using it However, Scout does have a temper and needs to learn tocontrol it soon, especially given the up-coming court case andwhat people will say Knows that Scout tries to obey him and loves her for it –doesn’t judge when she’s “bad” Wants to raise his kids not to be judgmental
Chapter 10 Atticus’s age; compared to other fathers in town, he’s“feeble” The children feel embarrassed because Atticus enjoysreading as opposed to hunting, fishing, drinking, pokeror smoking, which the other fathers enjoy He works in an office; is not visibly helping thecommunity like the sheriff, the dump-truck driver, thefarmer or the mechanic
Mockingbird (90) “Shoot all the bluejays you want…it’s a sin to kill amockingbird…Mockingbirds don’t do one thing butmake music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat uppeople’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’tdo one thing but sing their hearts out.” INNOCENCE Atticus does not allow Jem and Scout to hurt the harmlessanimals in nature (unfair to destroy something that livespeacefully) Can’t point the air rifle at the neighbors either
Mad Dog (rabies) Scares the whole town because of it being February and itsstrange behavior “I thought mad dogs foamed at the mouth, galloped, leaped andlunged at throats, and I thought they did it in August. Had TimJohnson behaved thus, I would have been less frightened” (94). The town is deserted, behind locked doors, as they wait forsomeone to take care of the dog “Nothing is more deadly than a deserted, waiting street. The treeswere still, the mockingbirds were silent” (94) – loss of innocence;the kids witness their father shoot the animal.
Mad Dog (rabies) Scares the whole town because of it being Februaryand its strange behavior “I thought mad dogs foamed at the mouth, galloped, leapedand lunged at throats, and I thought they did it in August. HadTim Johnson behaved thus, I would have been less frightened”(94). The town is deserted, behind locked doors, as theywait for someone to take care of the dog “Nothing is more deadly than a deserted, waiting street. Thetrees were still, the mockingbirds were silent” (94) – loss ofinnocence; the kids witness their father shoot the animal. Atticus keeps his nickname of One-Shot Finch a secret fromhis kids, since he wants to appear civilized, not a killer.
Chapter 11 Mrs. Dubose: old, bed-ridden, ill kept a pistol concealed has a wrathful gaze interrogates the children about their behavior, sayingthey will amount to nothing; thinks the Finch kids arewild “You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady!You’ll grow up waiting on tables if somebody doesn’tchange your ways” (101)
Conflict (racism) Mrs. Dubose calls Atticus a “nigger lover” Jem, who normally controls his temper, reacts bydestroying Mrs. D’s flowers with Scout’s new batontoy Atticus makes him apologize; Scout is worried aboutJem’s safety given Mrs. D’s reputation – she thinksAtticus doesn’t care about his son “I did not understand how he could sit there in cold blood andread a newspaper when his only son stood an excellent chance ofbeing murdered with a Confederate Army relic. Of course Jemantagonized me sometimes until I could kill him, but when itcame down to it he was all I had” (104)
Punishment and Lesson Learned Atticus defends the black community becauseotherwise he would not be able to live with himself Jem has to go to Mrs. Dubose’s house on Saturdaysto read to her as payment; by spending time with Mrs. D the kids learn to ignoreinsults, since she still calls Atticus names – lesson(words don’t hurt) each session she has fits that seem to last longer and longeruntil finally the punishment is over – she’s a morphine (painkiller) addict and is trying to kick the habit before she dies soshe’s not dependent on a substance; each session, she is ableto last longer before needing the drug
Freedom from Outside ForcesLive for Yourself “She said she was going to leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody. Jem,when you’re as sick as she was, it’s all right to take anything to make it easier, butit wasn’t all right for her. She said she meant to break herself of it before she died,and that’s what she did” (111) – FREEDOM, PRIDE, COURAGE to facepain She had her views and Atticus respects that According to Atticus, Mrs. Dubose had more courage than a manwith a gun – he wanted to show his kids what real strength ofcharacter was, so they would stop worshiping him over the dogincident Atticus does not respect violence and guns, but strength and freedom andbravery to fight against the odds The lesson mirrors what Atticus is trying to do by defending Tom Robinson – afight against the odds
Chapter 12 Jem reaches 12 and wants Scout to stop pesteringhim He’s difficult, inconsistent, and moody, acquired an air ofwisdom; yells at Scout for not being a girl; Calpurnia callshim Mister as a sign of adulthood – PUBERTY “Mister Jem’s growin’ up. He’s gonna want to be off tohimself a lot now, doin’ whatever boys do, so you justcome right on in the kitchen when you feel lonely” (115) Calpurnia and Scout become a bit closer due toJem’s absence - LONELY
Church Dill has a new family and is not coming to visit Atticus has work Calpurnia decides that the children should attendchurch, so she takes the children to the “colored”church. She takes time to make sure they look their best (newclothes, checks on them in baths)– concerned aboutappearances; proud of the kids and family she works for Maycomb’s only black church is called First Purchasebecause it was bought with the earnings from thefirst freed slaves.
Church Lula criticized Cal for bringing the children to theirchurch, but the congregation is friendly and ReverendSykes welcomes them. No hymn books or decorations - poor Rev. Sykes takes up an offering to help support TomRobinson’s wife. Forces everyone to donate more – locks the doors until thereis $10 – GUILT – the community has to help those in trouble;Helen can’t find work since Tom has been accused of rape Calls specific people out for their sins; especially women, whoare “worse than bootleggers” Scout discovers that Tom is being charged by Bob Ewell.She cannot believe that anyone would believe a Ewell.
Calpurnia Most of the blacks in the community can’t read –Calpurnia is proud of the fact that she can Taught by a friendly neighbor, since she couldn’t go toschool being black and a woman Taught Zeebo, her oldest son, who leads the hymns inchurch – everyone follows what he says Cal speaks proper English, unless she is in her owncommunity; she doesn’t want to seem stuck up “folks don’t like to have somebody around knowing morethan they do. It aggravates them” (126). Scout is shocked that Cal has a “double life” – a life of herown, with children and a community, outside of theFinches
Chapter 13 Aunt Alexandra will stay with the children for a whileto give them a feminine influence. Very concerned about appearances, but part of it isillusion “…she chose protective garments that drew up her bosomto giddy heights, pinched in her waist, flared out her rear,and managed to suggest that Aunt Alexandra’s was once anhour-glass figure” (128) Concerned about manners, morals, gossip, to advise,caution and warn
Judgment Alexandra pointed out the shortcomings of variousfamilies in Maycomb to make hers look better Preoccupied with heredity – thinks Jem and Scout lackpride in their history and attempts to teach them Morbid Merriweathers – suicide of a young boy Flighty Penfield women – girl giggling in church Drinking Streak Gambling Streak Mean Streak Funny Streak
Cast System in Society To Scout: the old citizens vs. the young Gestures and behaviors repeated generation aftergeneration “No Crawford Minds His Own Business” “Every Third Merriweather is Morbid” “The Truth Is Not in the Delafields” “All the Bufords Walk Like That” Alexandra’s opinion is that the longer the family hasowned the same piece of land, the more fine they are;gentle breeding Tries to get Scout to behave like a lady by telling herfamily history
Chapter 14 As the Robinson trial draws closer, the Finch childrenbecome the focus of whispers amongst thetownspeople; accused of being Atticus’s children Aunt Alexandra forbids Scout to return to FirstPurchase and attempts to make Atticus fire Calpurnia,but Atticus defends her “Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to…Icouldn’t have gotten along without her all these years…She’s a faithful member of this family…she’s been harder onthem in some ways than a mother would have been…thechildren love her” (137)
Jem is growing up – tries to discipline Scout,telling her not to bother AlexandraCauses a fight (Scout doesn’t want to listen toher brother)Is pleased that he fights her back – means that theyare still equalsJem and Scout are sent to bed – Scout is pleasedthat Jem has to go to bed at the same time as her
Dill Found under Scout’s bed – ran away from his newfamily Imaginative – tells a grand tale of escape “in chains and left to die in the basement…secretly keptalive on raw field peas by a passing farmer who heard hiscries for help...[broke the chains and walked 2 miles]…discovered a small animal show and was immediatelyengaged to wash the camel…traveled” (140) Actual story: he was lonely Dills new family gave him toys and food and all materialgoods, but not attention (they would tell him to go playand spend time with each other only)
Even though Jem tells on Dill (and is a traitor since hetakes the adult side) Scout realizes through Dill’s storythat she is lucky to have a family that loves to spendtime with her Atticus needed her advice Jem still sometimes liked to play Calpurnia “couldn’t get along” without her Dill escapes into fantasies when his life is terrible – adreamer; defense mechanism “Beautiful things floated around in his dreamy head. Hecould read two books to my one, but he preferred themagic of his own inventions…he preferred his own world”(144)
Chapter 15 As the trial nears Tom Robinson is moved to theMaycomb jail and concerns of a lynch mob arise. Atticus trusts his neighbors with doing the right thing Alexandra believes Atticus’s decision to represent Tomwill bring disgrace to the Finch family name, but Atticuswill not budge “that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth’s told…[I’m] in favor of Southern womanhood as much as anybody, but not forpreserving polite fiction at the expanse of human life” (146-147) Atticus goes to the jail at night to stand guard overTom The children follow, afraid for his safety.
Lynch Mob – out to hurt Tom Scout runs out from her hiding place to aid her father.Jem and Dill follow. Atticus orders the children to return home. Jem refuses –stands up to his father. Scout recognizes Mr. Cunningham and speaks to himabout his son Walter and his court case, trying to diffusethe situation. Mr. C eventually tells the crowd to gohome. Mr. C, once recognized, becomes embarrassed and withers. There is strength in a mob and anonymity – once actionscould be attached to a specific person, it is different Mr. Underwood had the scene covered with a shotgun –aiding Atticus.
Chapter 16 Mob mentality (remember the Salem witch trials) – in agroup, people don’t think for themselves; follow the actions ofothers and are more likely to turn to violence Mr. Cunningham: “a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simplybecause they’re still human…you children last night made WalterCunningham stand in my shoes for a minute” (157) Interracial children: “They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘embecause they’re half white; white folks won’t have ‘em ‘causethey’re colored” (161) “Once you have a drop of Negro blood that makes you allblack” (162)
The Trial People from all over the county flood Maycomb. Miss Maudie refuses to attend the trial saying thatwatching someone on trial for their life is like a Romancarnival. Jem, Scout and Dill wait for the lunch group to reenterthe courthouse so they can sneak in without their fathernoticing. They wait too long and all the seats are taken. ReverendSykes lets them seat in the balcony with all the otherblacks – SIGNIFICANT – shows that the Finch familysupports the black community and values equality.
Chapter 17 Heck Tate is questioned - Mayella was beaten andbruised. She accused Tom Robinson of rape. no doctor was called to Ewell home; all the bruiseswere concentrated on the right side of her face. The Ewells Always on welfare (in times of depression and prosperity),lived by the town dump, the children did not go to school,diseased and filthy, never see a doctor EXCEPT for the red geraniums of Mayella – sign of hope andbeauty
Bob Ewell’s TestimonyMotivation: asking the county to “clean outthat nest” where the blacks live, since it bringsdown his property valuesStruts into court, swollen chest, red – PRIDEProven to be left handedSince Mayella was beaten on the right side of herface, it is possible that her father could have done it
Chapter 18 Mayella – fragile mind, but physically strong andaccustomed to labor Looked as if she tried to keep clean Afraid of Atticus – afraid to look like a fool; afraid of justice? crying - gets the judge to feel sorry for her Admits that she asked Tom Robinson to help her withchopping down the wardrobe for a nickel (she’s asked him todo chores in the past) Not used to kindness – gets offended when Atticus addressesher politely (terrible life) No friends - LONELY Alcoholic father that may beat her (though she won’t admit it)
Cross-Examination Why she didn’t put up a better fight? Where werethe children? How could Tom physically perform these actionswith a left hand that was destroyed by a cottongin? He’s crippled Most likely: Mayella was not raped – she was lonely and wanted afriend She screamed when she saw her father in the window Bob was ashamed that his daughter was having affairswith a black man, and spun the story into rape afterbeating her
Mayella a Mockingbird? Pitiable, and her miserable existence almost allowsher to join the novel’s innocent victims—she, too,is a kind of mockingbird, injured beyond repair bythe forces of ugliness, poverty, and hatred thatsurround her victim—her father beats her and possibly molestsher, unhelpful siblings; lacked kind treatment in herlife However, she attempts to destroy Tom Robinsonin order to cover her shame; whatever hersufferings, she inflicts worse cruelty on others.
Chapter 19 Tom tells the truth – admits that he’s been in trouble withthe law before; “nothing to hide” (190) Mayella would often ask him to help her with chores Helped for free because he noticed no one else helpedher – felt sorry for the girl; GENEROUS, KIND She invited him inside to fix a door that wasn’t broken -FLIRT she had saved her money and sent the children to buy icecream to be alone with Tom she grabbed him and kissed him – he resists As she struggled, her father appeared at the window,threatening his daughter.
Scout thinks Mayella was the loneliest person in theworld; lonelier than Boo Radley “white people wouldn’t have anything to do with her becauseshe lived among pigs; Negroes wouldn’t have anything to dowith her because she was white” (192) Tom Robinson was the only person that was decent toher (a friend) and she took advantage of him and ruinedhis life He didn’t want to push her (afraid to hurt a whitewoman); ran away because he knew it would be assumedthe whole thing was his fault – knows the law is not on hisside
Cross Examination of Tom Mr. Gilmer implies that Tom had sexualmotives for always helping Mayella. Tomeventually declares that he felt sorry forher (a black man should not feel sorryfor a white woman) Mr. Gilmer call Tom “boy” as a way tolower his status and importance in thecommunity – derogatory Even though Tom is crippled, he is stillstrong
Chapter 20 Mr. Dolphus Raymond – judged by the community, an“evil man” a rich white man who has married a black woman and hadmulatto children. He offers Dill a sip from his drink. Everyone presumes the drink to be alcohol, but once Dilldrinks it he reveals that it is nothing more than Coke. Mr. Raymond pretends to be an alcoholic to give people areason for his lifestyle; it helps them to understand whyhe won’t change (they don’t understand he lives the wayhe wants to) APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING – DON’T JUDGEA BOOK BY ITS COVER
Atticus’s Final Remarks No medical evidence that the rape occurred Mayella is motivated to destroy Tom because ofguilt Her crime – tempting and desiring a black man Breaking the race barrier in this society means being anoutcast and hounded for the rest of one’s life As a white woman, she knew that accusing Tom wouldcost him his life Like a child, she tries to get rid of the evidence of hercrime of passion – in this case, the evidence is Tom, ahuman being; he is a daily reminder of her shame
Chapter 21 Children are taken home to eat and return intime to hear the verdict “A jury never looks at a defendant it hasconvicted, and when this jury came in, notone of them looked at Tom Robinson” (211)– GUILTY As the courtroom empties, Atticus begins toleave and the entire colored balcony stands asign of respect.
Chapter 22 Jem cries over the injustice of the verdict – sensitive “It’s like being a caterpillar in a cocoon…like something asleepwrapped in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folkswere the best folks in the world…” (215) LOSS OFINNOCENCE; Jem sees the truth of society and their cruelty;ILLUSIONS SHATTERED The black community of Maycomb delivers food to theFinch household, even though they can’t afford to sparemuch – RESPECT Bob Ewell spits in Atticus’s face and vows revenge The jury considering the verdict so long is a step in theright direction
Chapter 23 The children worry about Atticus’s safety, but Atticusbelieves if Mr. Ewell could take his anger out on him, thatwill save Mayella a beating If Tom is not acquitted, he will die via the electric chair,since rape is a capital offense World is not fair (women can’t serve on jury) “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black menevery day of your life…whenever a white man does that to ablack man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine afamily he comes from, that white man is trash” (220) One of the Cunnighams on the jury was on Tom’s side(respect for the Finch family after Scout’s speech at thejail)
Scout wants to befriend Walter Cunnigham andinvite him to dinner again, but Aunt Alexandra refuses “they’re not our kind of folks” (224) “he is trash, that’s why you can’t play with him” (225) Jem is pretty disappointed with how cruel the world is Separates the community into respectable white folks (Finches),the humble poor (Cunnighams), white trash (Ewells) and theblacks – all of whom do not interact and dislike one another Scout believes there’s only one type of folks. Folks – everyone isequal in her naïve, innocent mind Why can’t they all just get along? Jem thinks that Boo Radley stays inside because he wants to – theworls is too depressing.
Chapter 24 – Aunt Alexandra’sMissionary Circle Gossip about everyone Scout is invited to participate / to learn to behave like alady Several ladies make fun of Scout’s attire and demeanor,but Miss Maudie is supportive and warm The meeting is rather racist and hypocritical – the ladiesappear nice, but are rude and judgmental; Scout prefersmen, who are more “real” Tom is shot 17 times and killed while trying to escapeprison Atticus and Cal have to inform the family – the burdento do the right thing always falls to Atticus Ladies go back to chatting, pretending nothing hashappened
Chapter 25 Roly-poly: Scout play with it and almost crushes it Jem stops her: thinks it’s cruelty to animals to crush aninsect that is no bother to anyone (like the mockingbird– innocent) Jem shows maturity, but Scout thinks he’s behavingmore like a girl than herself Tom’s death: it’s typical for a black man to do somethingso irrational as to attempt to escape. Mr. Underwood writes a long editorial condemningTom’s death as the murder of an innocent man Compares Tom’s death to “the senseless slaughter ofsongbirds by hunters and children” (241)
Chapter 26 – School Starts Jem and Scout walk past the Radley house - Both nolonger fear Boo, and Scout even feels guilty forbothering him in the past (MATURITY) Current Events – Hitler (mirrors the prejudice in USA) Democracy – “Equal rights for all, special privileges fornone;” “Over here we don’t believe in persecutinganybody. Persecution comes from people who areprejudiced” (245) Miss Gates does not believe in persecuting the Jews inEurope, but has no problem targeting the AfricanAmericans in Maycomb – HYPOCRITE; blind to herown prejudice
Chapter 27 - October Bob Ewell takes a job with the WPA, one of thedepression job programs. He loses the job for laziness a few days later and blamesAtticus. Judge Taylor sees a shadow creeping around his porch. Ewell begins to follow Helen to work. Link Deas threatensto have him arrested, and he gives Helen no furthertrouble. The town sponsors a play at the school for Halloween tokeep the kids from pranks. The play is an agricultural pageant in which every childportrays a food. Scout is dressed as a ham.
Chapter 28 – Gothic night of suspense On the way to the pageant, Cecil Jacobs jumps out andscares Jem and Scout. Scout falls asleep and misses her entrance – ruins pageant She is so ashamed she and Jem wait backstage untileveryone has gone before they make their way home. Jem hears noises, but assumes it’s Cecil trying to scarethem again. Their pursuer runs after them as they approach the road. Jem yells for Scout to run, but in her costume, she getstangled and falls; hears a fight and Jem screams. The attacker is pulled away
Scout looks for Jem, but locates an unshavencharacter who smells of whiskey (Bob Ewell) Surprise – Ewell is a coward; attacks the children sincehe’s afraid of Atticus A loathsome person would viciously attack kids Scout and Jem are vulnerable – it’s dark, Scout has thecostume and is confused/blind, they are near theirhome where it is normally safe As she stumbles home, she sees in the light, afigure carrying Jem toward the house. Scout does not recognize Boo as their savior – showsthat the children do not see Boo as human or part ofthe community; Boo, as the name suggests, is achildhood ghost or phantom
Chapter 29Bow Ewell attempted to stab Scout,but the costume saved her life“He had the guts enough to pester apoor colored woman, he had guts enoughto pester Judge Taylor when he thoughtthe house was empty, so do you thinkhe’da met you to your face in daylight?”(269)
Chapter 30 Scout walks with Boo to the front porch where Atticusand Heck Tate are arguing. Boo prefers to stay in shadow – sensitive to light Heck calls Ewell’s death an accident, but Atticus, thinkinghis son killed Ewell doesn’t want him protected by thelaw. “Nobody’s hushing this up. I don’t live that way…If this thing’shushed up it’ll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I’ve triedto raise him…” (273) Heck says Ewell fell on his knife. Jem did not kill him.
Saving a “Mockingbird” Heck knows that Boo killed Bob Ewell to save thechildren. Boo doesn’t need the attention of the town brought tohis door. “taking the one man who’s done you and this town a greatservice an’ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight –to me, that’s a sin…If it was any other man it’d be different.But not this man.” (276) Scout understands Boo’s need for privacy and she goesalong with the story to save Boo – “it’d be sort of likeshootin’ a mockingbird” (276)
Themes Boo the childhood phantom becomes Boo the humanbeing: “His lips parted into a timid smile, and ourneighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. ‘Hey,Boo,’ I said.” - development of character and a grown-up moral perspective Tate’s decision to spare Boo the horror of publicityinvokes the title of the book and its central theme.Scout is able to sympathize with Boo and understandhim. Boo – goodness exists in unexpected forms.Scout will grow up knowing that good and evilare balanced.
IS TOLD TO RESPECT HER NEIGHBORAND CALL HIM BY HIS REAL NAME FIRST THING SHE SAYS WHEN SHE SEES HIM: “HEY,BOO.”
Chapter 31 Scout takes Boo upstairs to say goodnight to Jemthen walks him home. He goes inside his house and she never sees himagain. “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, abroken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies,and our lives….We never put back into the tree whatwe took out of it: we had given him nothing, and itmade me sad.” (278) - GUILT for judging him
Standing on the Radley porch, Scout gains a newperspective on life; sees the neighborhood from a newangle – understands Boo She returns home and finds Atticus in Jem’s room. Hereads one of Jem’s books to her until she falls asleep. The Gray Ghost (metaphor for Boo): “An’ they chasedhim ‘n’ never could catch him ‘cause they didn’t knowwhat he looked like, an’ Atticus, when they finally sawhim, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus,he was real nice…” (281) “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”
Themes The novel closes with Scout falling asleep as Atticusreads to her. An image of her as Atticus’s baby child -she has grown up but she is still only eight. “Her ham costume, a symbol of the silly and carefreenature of childhood, prevents Bob Ewell’s knife frominjuring her, so does the intervention of Boo, anotherpart of Scout’s childhood, thwart the total intrusioninto her life of the often hate-filled adult world thatEwell represents.” INNOCENCE IS PROTECTED FROM ADULTCRUELTY AND REALITY (Scout as amockingbird)