To Kill a Mockingbird Timeline


Jem and Scout Finch meet 'Dill' (Chapter 1)


'Hey yourself'.
'My names Charles Baker Harris' he said. 'I can read'.

Jem and Scout Finch meet 'Dill' in Miss Rachael Haverford's collard patch. Dill is a symbol of youth and childhood and helps to add humour to the darker themes explored throughout the novel.

Scout Finch starts First Grade at school (Chapter 2)


'Until it occurred to me that I would be starting school in a week. I never looked forward to something so much in my life'.

Scout is starting First Grade at school. This reminds us that the narrator's perspective is of that of a child and this simplicity makes the prejudice and persecution themes seem less serious.

Jem invites Walter for dinner (Chapter 3)


Jem suddenly grinned at him. 'Come on home to Dinner with us Walter'.

Jem invites Walter to Dinner

Scout rolls into the Radley yard (Chapter 4 pg 43)


I raised my head and stared at the Radley Place steps in front of me. I froze. 'Come on Scout, don't just lie there!' Jem was screaming.

This is a prime example of prejudice, even though Scout and Jem have never met or talked to the Radleys, they assume due to the stories of the town, that their house is cursed.

Dill, jem and Scout try to slip the note to Boo radley


Jem said placidly, 'We are going to give a note to Boo Radley'

This shows their interest with Boo Radley and how they want to find out if he exists within the house.

Jem, Scout and Dill get shot at in Radley's yard during the night (Chapter 6)


"Halfway thorugh the collards I tripped; as I tripped the roar of a shotgun shattered the neighbourhood".

This key event links extremely well with the themes of 'Prejudice and Persecution' because Mr Nathan Radley then assumes that it was a Negro who he shot at, even though he was unable to tell what skin colour the person was. A powerful example of prejudice.

Jem and Scout collect items from the knot hole (Ch. 7)


We were walking past our tree. In its knot hole rested a ball of grey twine. 'Don't take it, Jem,' I said. 'This is somebody's hiding place'.

This seems to be a significant event thorughout the chapter but does not link to 'prejudice and persecution'.

Miss Maudie's house burns down


"Miss Maudie's tin roof quelled the flames. Roaring, the house collapsed; fire gushed everywhere, followed by a flurry of blankets from men on top of the adjacent houses, beating out the flames.."

Scout finds out that her dad is defending a Negro (Chapter 9)


''Then why did Cecil say you defended niggers? He made it sound like you were running a still".

This shows how Scout is growing up in a scoiety where Negroes are despised and shunned and how most children get the impression that Negroes are bad, even though they are not. This leads to a society full of prejudice.

Atticus shoots the mad dog (Chapter 10)


"The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown and white heap'".

Mrs Dubose dies (Chapter 11)


Mrs Dubose dies due to morphine addiction.

"She's dead son', said Atticus. 'She died a few minutes ago'.

Atticus tells his children that Mrs Dubose has died and how Jem reading to her made her Morphine withdrawals easier to cope with.

Lula criticises Calpurnia for bringing white children to 'coloured church'.


'I wants to know why you bringing white chillun to nigger church'.

This symbolises prejudice and persecution but shows it in a different view then what is generally shown throughout the novel. Lula is not happy than Calpurnia has brought white children to 'coloured church'. For once in the novel, instead of the Negros being criticised, it is white children.

Dill is found hiding under Scout's bed


'We watched Dill emerge by degrees' (Chapter 14)

The mob threatens Atticus and Scout softens Mr Cunningham. (Ch. 15)


'You know what he want', another man said. 'Get aside from the door, Mr Finch'.

This takes place when the mob goes to the Maycomb county Jail looking for Tom Robinson, only to be stopped by Atticus Finch. This creates a sense of persecution which only increases as the novel progresses.

Tom Robinson's trial begins in which a lot of people attend.


'I am not. t's morbiod to watch a poor devil on trial for his life'.

Miss Maudies seems to be the only other adult, besides Atticus, to show towards some sort of compassion towards a Negro.

Bob Ewell delivers his statement on Tom Robinson


Bob Ewell delivers his statement on Tom Robinson

Mayella Ewell testifies against Tom Robinson


'That nigger yonder took advantage of me'an if you fine fancy gentlemen dont't wanna do nothing.....' (Page 194)

Tom Robinson testifies and Link Deas makes a declaration.


'Tom did you rape Mayella Ewell?'
'I did not suh'

Atticus pleads with judge that Robinson is innocent (Ch. 20)


Robinson is pronounced guilty


Jem cries about injustice of the 'guilty' verdict (Chapter 22)


Jem and Atticus discuss the justice of executing men for committing rape


Atticus pronouces that Tom Robinson is dead


Helen Robinson collapses (Ch. 25)


Scout criticises Miss Gates


Bob Ewell begins threatening Helen Robinson.


Jem and Scout are attacked by Bob Ewell in the night


Scout realises that Boo Radley saved herself and Jem


Heck tries to cover up the affair for Boo Radley's sake


Scout walks Boo Radley home and returns home (Ch. 31)


Scout walks Boo Radley home