Atticus is a widower whose wife died two years after Scout was born. Reynolds is the Maycomb doctor. Dill is also imaginative, curious, and a daredevil. The story involves little dramatic action, no love interest and no female lead. Because she is the neighborhood gossip, it is unwise to think of anything that she says as true, because most of the time it is not true at all. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning. Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout and it is believed that he kills Ewell with the knife.
Gilmer appeared to be racist in his harsh cross-examination of Tom Robinson, but it is hinted at that he is in fact going easy on Tom. Atticus Finch As one of the most prominent citizens in Maycomb during the Great Depression, Atticus is relatively well off in a time of widespread poverty. Charles White, Alias, and Atticus Finch's defense of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. In terms of plot, Tom Robinson is acquitted in Watchman while in Mockingbird his unjust conviction as the result of prejudice was a central part of not only the story but why Atticus is seen culturally as such a righteous and progressive character. Atticus, a lawyer, is the most scrupulous character in To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout agreed with her father to read every night if she goes to school and never mentions a word about it to her teacher.
Building on prior knowledge to achieve mastery level with our students is important. HarperCollins: 1960 Perennial Classics edition: 2002. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. Heck Tate, the sheriff, puts in the official report that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife and died after lying under a tree for 45 minutes. In the end, however, it's Scout's following her father's advice talking to people about what they care about that gets them out of their fix. Engrossed with Boo, Scout thinks he leaves them gifts. He sees the good in everyone and is committed to making his children feel the same way he does.
She is an important figure in Scout's life, providing discipline, instruction, and love. Her family name, in the legends of Maycomb County, is synonymous with jackass. Calpurnia is a mother herself and raised her son, Zeebo, to adulthood. He also has a strong belief in justice, as exemplified when he defends Atticus from the Cunningham mob by having his double barrel shotgun loaded and ready to shoot them. The racist relatives of Atticus know it and try to persuade his children not to support their father. While Scout always hears her speak proper English, she is surprised to learn that Calpurnia does not do so at church, especially with the uneducated members of the congregation. Gilmer is between the ages of forty and sixty.
His understanding of equality and his colorblindness allow him to see clearly that the case has been motivated by racial hatred and he is strong enough, both as a person and a lawyer, to see that this is a wrong that needs to be discussed and pointed out to the community. Crawford is one of the first on the scene after a loud gunshot is heard behind the Radley house. One night Dill runs away from his home in Meridian, arriving in Maycomb County where he hides under Scout's bed. . Let the county come and bring sandwiches. Atticus uses this fact as the cornerstone of his defense strategy, pointing out that the nature of Mayella's facial injuries strongly suggest a left-handed assailant. Scout almost gets into a fight with Cecil over the trial of Tom Robinson.
Mayella Ewell — Mayella Ewell lives in the dump area of the town. This was, perhaps, the first novel that I ever connected with. Literature Guides To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes — Explanation and Analysis The image of Boo Radley can at first seem strange and even disturbing, according to the overall tone of the story. In the novel, Atticus is a supporting character in the story of the moral awakening of the children — Scout, Jem and Dill. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.
His real name is Charles. Her optimism shines when she plans to have more space for the garden when her house burns out. Student Instructions Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in To Kill a Mockingbird by creating visualizations. The town disapproves of him defending Tom especially when he makes clear his intent to defend Tom Robinson to the best of his abilities. Dill is an imaginative and sensitive character who successfully hides his pain.
He found out that Mrs. Scout describes him as being sickly white, with a thin mouth, thin and feathery hair, and grey eyes, almost as if he were blind. Grace Merriweather sips gin out of Lydia E. Evidence from the trial implies that he beat his daughter after catching her kiss Tom and then encouraged her to claim Tom raped her. One night, as Scout and her brother are walking home, he attacks them, wounding Jem. A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a novel. As a lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch represents everything that someone working in the justice system should.
Calpurnia is a member of the First Purchase M. They were originally from Clanton, Alabama; and are rumored to be Republicans. Those differences involved artistic choices, but also political ones. He is simply a mockingbird. Atticus, the father, a prominent lawyer, takes a case defending an innocent black man. A native of the small town of Wharton, Tex. Scout Finch - The narrator and protagonist of the story.
He has live lice in his hair. He refuses, and a student explains to Miss Caroline that Ewell children don't attend school. He seeks Atticus' help in resolving this issue. Upon hearing of Tom's death, Bob is absolutely gleeful, gloating about his success. He is normally the judicially-assigned defense attorney but Judge Taylor assigned Tom Robinson's case to Atticus to give Tom Robinson a better chance. The main plot of To Kill a Mockingbird is based on Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. They assume he is guilty, and want to take action, demonstrating their racism.