English 8 Acc/Period 6
10 March 2016
3rd Quarter Independent Book Project: Written Portion
1:2 Chunk: Theme
One of many themes in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is that justice and judgement can be very unbalanced. This is illustrated in the text, “The witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair. But the damage was done. Below us, nobody liked Tom Robinson’s answer” (Lee 224). In other words, Tom Robinson was treated unfairly because of another theme in the book: racism. Because Tom was black, he was not appointed to a fair trial. Because of this, we can identify that there are two types of justice: natural and man-made. It seems to me that justice may not always be fair, but in the end what happens is mostly unchangeable and can be quite unfair.
2:2 Chunk: Characterization
The many characters in To Kill A Mockingbird all have unique and interesting traits, such as those of protagonist Scout Finch. For instance, when Scout finds gum in a mysterious hole in a tree, “I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers. My first impulse was to get it in my mouth as quickly as possible, but I remembered where I was” (Lee 37). According to the quote, we can infer that Scout is a very curious as well as adventurous girl. This characteristic can get her in trouble, but can also make her profit, like in this situation. Another quote demonstrating the characteristics of Scout is, “‘Don’t you touch him!’ I kicked the man swiftly. Barefooted, I was surprised to see him fall back in real pain” (Lee 173). From this text, we can see Scout is very brave and courageous for standing up against an older man. Throughout the book, it is noticeable that Scout acquired her bravery from her father, Atticus, who will not back down from a challenge. Scout shows many different characteristics including intelligence, compassion, and more, making her a very round character.
2:3 Chunk: Symbolism
There are many different symbols in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, but one major symbol is the mockingbird itself. For instance, in the text it states, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for people to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 103). In other words, because the mockingbird does nothing wrong, it should be respected. The mockingbird represents innocence because when someone is innocent they haven’t done anything wrong. It is unjust to kill a mockingbird, or to disregard or kill innocence. This quote illustrates the harmfulness of the mockingbird, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 103). The mockingbird can be connected to Tom Robinson, because he did nothing wrong but was punished. The mockingbird also connects to the character Boo Radley, because he was an innocent man who only helped others. Both Tom and Boo show innocence like that of a mockingbird. No matter what you think of them or their music, remember that it is always a sin to kill a mockingbird.
- Introduction and book summary
- Author Facts
- Literary Devices (simile)
- Symbolism and Book Passage
- Goodreads Reading