A Brief Summary of To Kill a Mockingbird
The book to kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee centers around Scout Finch, his brother, and his widowed father, Atticus. The Finch's live in the town of Maycomb, which in 1930 was experiencing a great depression. The story begins when during the summer, the siblings befriend a boy named Dill. Dill eventually becomes fascinated by the spooky house on their street; named as the Radley Place. The story took a spooky turn when the kids found gifts on a tree around the Radley place's wall.
Another area which the story comprises is that Atticus, a famous lawyer, decided to defend a black man, Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping a white woman, which was a greater threat in the racist town of Atticus. Tom won the case, and the real culprit was put behind bars. This decision led to the Finch's being disowned by the town. However, Boo Radley who was the reason behind the spookiness of Radley Place, defended the children who were in danger from the town's mob. Three years in the life of Scout Finch.
In chapter 3, Atticus tells Scout that you never really understand a person until
you consider things from their point of view. Briefly discuss how this idea is
dramatized in Chapter 3 with regards to the interactions portrayed or described
in this chapter listed below.
What is the significance of Scout chewing the gum that she finds,
even though even she considers the possibility that if she eats it, she
might die? Is that an act of courage?
Find three passages in the story that make explicit use of the symbol.
How does Miss Maudie describe Arthur Radley's understanding of religion,
and how does it differ from what Atticus has taught Scout about religion?
How do you think the story would be different up to this point if
Jem was not pressuring Scout not to be "girly?"
In the context of the upcoming trial, what is the significance of
Scout wanting the opportunity to tell Uncle Jack her side of what
happened between her and Francis?
Atticus believes that you should answer children’s questions truthfully. The
author also spends a lot of time pointing out how much an individual’s perspective affects how
they perceive reality around them.
Is there a difference between having physical courage and having moral courage? Explain.
What do you think the author wants readers to take away about
what makes "fine folks", i.e., good people? Use examples from the
novel to support your answer.
How does the novel explore the theme of loneliness? What are the
consequences of loneliness in the life of an individual? What are the
consequences of loneliness to society at large?
In Chapter 24, Atticus says that men don’t like to
"declare themselves," i.e., take a side. He cites fear of losing
someone’s business as a possible reason that might influence how
someone behaves on a jury. Discuss the role that fear plays in the
Did Tom Robinson get a fair trial? Does a fair trail have to mean that
the innocent go free and the guilty are punished?
Harper Lee said of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, "it's a love story,
plain and simple." What do you think she meant by this statement?
Do you agree?
Imagine you are going to direct a film adaptation of To Kill A
Mockingbird. Think about how you would translate the movie to film.
What would you change and why? To what extent would you
remain faithful to the original story and why?
Did the imagery in the film differ from how you imagined the story
while reading the novel? How?
Explain the role of each of these characters.
Discuss the following metaphors as used in To Kill a
Mockingbird. Use specific examples and quotes.
Explore the following themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Use specific examples
Define all these words as needed to truly master this work.