To Kill a Mockingbird Summary


Chapter 1

02/01/2013 - 02/02/2013

Introduction to 'The Radley Place'
Pg 15 'A Negro would not walk past the Radley Place at night, he would cut across to the sidewalk opposite and whistle as he walked'

This shows how African-Americans had to be cautious around the whites no matter what the situation.

Chapter 2

02/02/2013 - 02/03/2013

Walter Cunningham has no lunch
Pg 26 'Walter's one of the Cunninghams, Miss Caroline'

This shows how stereotypes, closely linked to prejudice, were present in this society. The fact that Walter comes from this particular family makes it common knowledge that he is poor.

Chapter 3

02/03/2013 - 02/04/2013

Atticus explains prejudice to Scout
Pg 35 'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'

This shows how although the rest of the town may lead Scout down a prejudice path, Atticus tries to raise her right and keep her open minded.

Chapter 4

02/04/2013 - 02/05/2013

Scout, Jem and Dill play the Radley game
Pg 46 'When it was time to play Boos's big scene, Jem would sneak into the house, steal the scissors from the sewing-machine drawer when Calpurnias, then sit in the swing and cut up newspapers. Dill would walk by, cough at Jem, and Jem would fake a plunge into Dill's thigh.'
This quote shows us how the children are easily influenced and entertained by the rumors people tell and are quick to believe them.

Chapter 5

02/05/2013 - 02/06/2013

Giving a letter to Boo
Pg 'We're asking him real politely to come out sometimes, and tell us what he does in there - we said we wouldn't hurt him and we'd buy him an icecream'
In this quote, we can see that the children are really curious from what they have heard. Reather than beleive everything they hear, they decide to find out themselves. This shows how the chain of prejudice, although strong, is not as effective on the children.

Chapter 6

02/06/2013 - 02/07/2013

Scout frustrates Jem
'Scout, I'm telling you for the last time, shut your trap or go home - I declare you're gettin' more like a girl every day!'
This quote shows us how there is not just prejudice on blacks and poors, but also women in the small town society.

Chapter 7

02/07/2013 - 02/08/2013

Boo fixes Jam's pants
Pg 64 'When I went back for my breeches - they were a;; in a tangle when I was gettin' out of 'em, I couldn't get 'em loose ... they'd been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed 'em, like somthin' I'd try to do. All crooked.'
This shows how Boo may be despseratley trying to show the children that he is not a bad person and is being friendly.

Chapter 8

02/08/2013 - 02/09/2013

Jem makes a snowman
Pg 72 'Jem scooped up an armful of dirt, patted it on the mound on which he added another load, and another until he had constructed a torso. "Jem, I ain't ever heard of a nigger snowman." '
The casual use of this word shows how the prejudice chain can have an effect on the children.

Chapter 9

02/09/2013 - 02/10/2013

Scout asks Atticus why he is defending a Negro
Pg 81 'If I didn't (defend Tom Robinson) I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even te;; you or Jem not to do something again.'
This quote shows are Atticus is wiser and more honourable than most of the other small town folk, as he is willing to stand up for a man who is innocent and in the end, human just like them all.

Chapter 10

02/10/2013 - 02/11/2013

Maudie explains Mockingbirds
Pg 96 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us 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.'
This quote shows us how the prejudice that occurs in the town is sinful, because the persecuted are innocent.

Chapter 13

02/11/2013 - 02/12/2013

Aunt Alexandra expects family tradition
Pg 139 'She (Aunt Alexandra) asked me to tell you you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman that you are. She wants to talk to you about the family and what it's meant to Maycomb County through the years, so you'll have some idea of who you are, so you might be moved to behave accordingly.'
This quote shows us how traditions are closely followed in Maycomb county. this makes it impossible for them to change their ways when it comes to attitudes on African Americans.

Chapter 16

02/12/2013 - 02/13/2013

Aunt Alexandra on speaking to Negroes
Pg 162/163 'I don't think it's a good habit Atticus. It encourages them. You know how they talk among themselves. Everything that happens in this town's out to the quarters before sundown.'
This shows the utter ignorance and disrespect for the Neros.

Chapter 19

02/13/2013 - 02/14/2013

Tom takes the Oath
Pg 196 'Thomas Robinson reached around, ran his fingers under his left arm and lifted it. He guided his arm to the Bible and his rubber-like left hand sought contact with the black binding.'
This quote shows how although Tom has a disability, he still tries his hardest to fit in and take the oath, like all Negroes trying to fit in

Chapter 24

02/14/2013 - 02/15/2013

Calpurnia serves
Pg 234 'Calpurnia wore her stiffest starched apron. Sh carried a tray of charlotte. She backed up to the swinging door and pressed gently. I admired the ease and grace with which she handled heavy loads of dainty things.'
This quote shows us how Negroes are not in any way physically disadvantaged, they can do tasks the same if not better than white people.

Chapter 27

02/15/2013 - 02/16/2013

Bob gets Fired
Pg 234 'He was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the W.P.A for laziness.'
This quote shows how white people can be much more lazy and unhelpful to society