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To Kill a Mocking-Bird Journals

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 09:04 AM
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To Kill a Mocking-Bird (TKMB) by Harper Lee starts off by introducing the characters and the town of Maycomb. Characters including ‘The Radleys’, especially Boo Radley, and Dill Harris and in less detail the immediate family of Scout, who is narrating the story.

Scout is a girl, she would be about six years old but is in the first grade. I find it amazing that she has such a wide vocabulary for a girl so young. Scout is the troublemaker of the class, but does not come out that way to me, this is because she is honest, but her honesty gets her into trouble. I would think that her not appearing to me as a troublemaker might have something to do with her narrating the story.

I found it interesting how it seems like there is a summary of the story in the first couple of paragraphs. The characters mentioned come out later in the first three chapters.

A boy called Charles Baker Harris is one of these. His nickname is Dill and this is his title throughout the book so far. It is Dill that persuaded Scout’s brother, Jem, to touch the Radley place. The Radley place seems dark and mysterious. The house is described in detail as are all the other “strange” places and people in Maycomb. It leads the audience to believe Maycomb is a mysterious place. It may not be the case, but it is because different things are treated with suspicion or fear. Why? Currently I don’t know but it may be the mystery about it/them that draws people to the conclusion of this novel.

Boo Radley is an occupant of this household is also seen as different. His life story is told to us which makes you think how it is known. Life in a small community must be like this because unlike in cities, there is less entertainment. Scout seems to know a lot about everyone. This is demonstrated during school.

On the first day of school, the new teacher finds herself in trouble when two boys on separate...


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