Analysis of Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

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1. Due to Atticus being away on a special session the children are put under Calpurnia’s supervision. She chooses for them to go to church with her. They find that the African American church is very dull and poor but their attitudes and kindness are excellent. They have an encounter with a woman named Lula. “ Lula stopped, but she said “ you ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here – they got their church, we got ours. It is our church. Aint it, miss cal? (131) Lula’s aggressive nature due to the racial diversity in Maycomb County between the white and the African Americans I also believe she may have something against Calpurnia that brings out the aggressiveness in her towards Cal. Other than that mishap Jem and Scout are welcomed in the church die to their father Atticus who is known to stick up for “negroes”. At the end of this endeavour Scout learns about the Tom Robinsons case although she doesn’t fully understand the circumstances in which he was accused.

2. The advantages scout sees of her aunt Alexandra coming to stay with them in Maycomb is that there would be more feminine presence in the house, which didn’t really bother her at all. The disadvantages out weighed the advantages such as, her aunt being a control freak, she got her own way all the time, she pushed scout to be more lady like and that with her aunt around her freedom would become limited . 3. Jem, Scout and Dill continue to think about Boo Radley due to the way in which boo’s life some way related to Dill’s own.

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They thought why didn’t he just run away like dill did. “why do you reckon Boo Radley’s never run off? ” (159) They also grow up to learn that maybe Boo was better off being inside, rather than being outside in the troubles of the world outside. 4. Mr underwood plays the part of Atticus’ backup, of the night when the lynch mob tried to take tom out of jail, But through the course of the novel Mr Underwood view of the African Americans is not full understood seen as he despises “negores” but still sticks up for Tom.

He is one of the editors of the Maycomb tribune. 5. A summary of the events that occurred with the lynch mob – * The kids follow Atticus downtown to see him in front of the jail * 4 Cars appear in front of the jail, men tell Atticus to get out of the way, the kids hide where they cannot be seen. * Scout runs to Atticus in front of the men * The other boys appear and Atticus orders them home * Scout kicks one the men * The men leave and Atticus and the children go home

6. The home life of the Ewells is not very pleasant, they live near an African American settlement behind a dump in which they scavenge. “ Maycombs Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump ” (187) The Ewells always had more and more babies making the environment they lived in crowded, and they were often prone to diseases. “No public health officer could free them from congenital defects, various worms, & the diseases indigenous to filthy surroundings” (187) 7. Firstly Atticus starts by questioning Mr Tate and getting the raw details for the incident.

Secondly Atticus pin points that it was Mayella’s right eye, which was bruised. He questioned Mr Ewell the same as Tate (seeing if the stories matched) Atticus establishes that Mr Ewell is left handed arguing that the possible blow could have come from Mr Ewells left jab. Atticus continues to argue firther due to the fall that Tom Robinson’s left arm is shorter than his right arm and that he isn’t agile anymore due to an accident that occurred when he was a child. “Will you write your name and show us? (195) Atticus then goes to receive the raw details from Mayellas point of view saying Tom was guilty. 8. Jems reactions to the jury verdict was noticeable due to the fact that he jumped when the judge yelled “guilty” “ his shoulders jerked as if each “guilty” was a separate stab between them” (233)

Miss Stephanies attitude was to find out all the gossip. She didn’t really worry about Tom but was into spreading the word. “Miss Stephanie’s nose quivered with the curiosity. (236) Miss Maudie continued on life as the same, even though she knew about Tom’s conviction it did not bother her and she put it behind her. “As we ate, we sensed that this was Miss Maudies way of saying that as far as she was concerned, nothing had changed. (237) Dill was still the same but his view of everyone’s fuss about the case; was pathetic. “ There isn’t one thing I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off” 9. Usually, Aunt Alexandra lets Calpurnina serve at the missionary tea party.

Scout is all dressed up, very ladylike. Scout learns that they argue about black and white racial issues and that all of tem have their own opinion. “ Today Aunt Alexandra and her missionary circle were fighting the good fight all over the house” (251) 10. Miss Gates views about Hitler puzzle Scout because in the classroom she said how wrong it is for Hitler to be one sided and then after this scout over heard Miss Gates criticize a black person. This means that she is being prejudicial herself towards ‘Negroes’.

11. The significance of the practical joke played on Misses Barber is that children have the ability to trick adults, and the fact that they succeeded to prove them to not be so wise. “Some wicked children had waited until the Misses Barber were thoroughly asleep, slipped into their living room, steadily made way with every stick of furniture therein and hit in the cellar”. (277) 12. I strongly believe that Boo Radley killed Mr Ewell in order to protect Jem and Scout, but the cover story was made that Mr Ewell fell backwards on his own knife in order to keep Boo out of trouble. Suddenly he was jerked backwards and flung on the ground.. ”(289) Depending on a readers own mindset and thoughts about the book would vary the individuals emotions. If a reader attached to the novel, I believe they would feel apathy due to Bob Ewells death because firstly they are on Jem and Scouts side. Secondly due to past events involving Mr Ewell they wouldn’t think very highly of him. Lastly Jem and Scout are innocent in this situation; there is no reason for them to get hurt.

13. Sheriff Tate does not want to make public Boo’s part in the events of the attack because he was helping children, he was a hero but people would still charge him of murder. 14. The major lesson Scout learns through out the novel is not to judge a book by its cover. “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. ” At first she thought that Boo was a scary, quiet, personal old man but after she learns about him she discovers that he is just an ordinary man who’s here to help the neighborhood.

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