In "To Kill a Mockingbird," Mr. Heck Tate's mob wants to lynch Tom Robinson. Robinson was an African-American man in Alabama accused of raping a young Caucasian woman.Continue Reading
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel by Harper Lee that was released to critical acclaim in 1960. In 1962, a movie with the same name was released starring Gregory Peck. The story touches on the issues of race, and it has stood as a groundbreaking work of fiction that captured the nuances of racial tensions in America for 50 years. In 1961, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize.
The story revolves around a tale of two young siblings, Scout and Jem Finch. As it unfolds, their father, Atticus, is a lawyer defending an African-American man in the South. The racially charged atmosphere of the court room is a reflection of the town at large, and the children come of age as the events unfold.
The book reflected a part of American culture that was often overlooked, and it became an instant classic. It is taught in classrooms across the country, and it is used as an example for how an American classic is defined. Harper Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 by President George W. Bush for her contributions to literature and the American culture.Learn more about Classics
The narrator of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is Scout Finch. Scout is also one of the main characters of the book, and, as the narrator, she recalls memories from her childhood.Full Answer >
Harper Lee's use of Gothic elements in "To Kill A Mockingbird," such as the fire and the mad dog, escalates the suspense that faintly foreshadows Tom Robinson’s trial, its outcome and his subsequent tragic death. Other events that are foreshadowed in the novel include the kindness and gentle nature of Boo Radley, the maliciousness and meanness of Bob Ewell and Bob Ewell's attack on Jem and Scout Finch.Full Answer >
One direct quote from Bob Ewell in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is: "Jedge, I've asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down yonder, they're dangerous to live around 'sides devaluin' my property..."Full Answer >
Chapter one of the book "To Kill a Mockingbird," written by Harper Lee and published in 1960, introduces the story of a little girl and her community in Maycomb, Alabama. Characters introduced in chapter one are "Scout," the narrator whose real name is Jean Louise Finch, her father, attorney Atticus Finch, her older brother, Jeremy Atticus Finch, their cook and housekeeper, Calpurnia, their aunt and next-door neighbor, Rachel Haverford, and Dill Harris, a friend from Meridian, Mississippi, who comes to visit.Full Answer >