Level 16 - Colossus
How to Kill a Mocking Bird English
The purpose for writing this report is to give knowledge and express my opinion on this book.
Jem is my first favorite character. He’s Scout’s older brother. I like him because he was brave and he always looked out for his sister. I thought he was stupidly brave to go back and get his pants from Boo’s fence. That’s basically all the reasons, I just liked him a lot. He didn’t do much, but if I were a kid I’d still want to hang out with him.
Atticus is another one of my favorite characters because he was so brave to defend Tom Robionson in court. Tom was a black man accused of rapping a white woman. He risked his life and family’s safety for Tom’s life. He ignored Tom’s race he tried his had and gave very convincing evidence that Tom did not rape Ms.Ewell. He was a wise man and a good father.
Tom Robinson was also very brave for being a black man going to a white court. I thoght it was nice of him to help her and for free considering she was white and he was black. Most blacks hated whites in those times. I could understand why he felt sorry for her. She had all that work to be done and no one to do it for her. Not because Tom was black and she was white, but I honestly believe that he was innocent.
All my favorite characters were brave in some way. These are all examples of strong men. They stood up for what they believed in. they took chances and did what was right out of their hearts, not because they were told.
I like the part when Jem opened up to Scout and told her his secrets. He showed her all the things Boo put in the tree to him. There was everything from two dolls of them to an old pocket watch. He told her about when he went back for his pants. He opened up a lot to her that night. That proved that he though she was mature enough to trust, and could handle the creepy secret. I also like that scene because it foreshadowed. It let you know that Boo was really a nice person and he’s eventually prove to everyone else that he was a sweetheart not a psycho.
Another good part, which is actually my favorite, was the court room scene. I really thought he had a chance. Atticus made very good points and if you had any common sense you’d believe that he don’t rape Mayella Ewell. Mr. Finch back it up with hardcore evidence. The person who raped her hit the right side and had to use their left but Tom couldn’t use his left hand. Mayella kept changing her story. It was obvious that Tom was 100% innocent. I think if Tom was white he would’ve been found “Not Guilty”. There was too many people stuttering on their word, but Tom was way more convincing than everybody else even the victim.
I don’t nessicarily like this part it just sticks out in my mind. It’s when she goes to school and gets into fights and her teacher tells her she read all wrong. I just think it’s funny how she’s always fighting boys. She’s a feisty little thing and she was only 6 years old. I like d that she was a tomboy and she rolled with the boys, fought like the boys, played with the boys, but she was still girlie. I think that’s cool how her and her father had a close relationship her father where she’d be sad if they couldn’t read together. In the book and in the movie I laughed when she’d beat the boys up, because I abuse boys too. Unlike people today when she taught she had a real reason and like her father she fought for what he believed in, only she did it psychically.
The similarities between I Know Why the Cadge Bird Sings and To Kill a Mocking Bird are: both take place in the South. Maya and Bailey lived in St. Luis, Missouri and stamps, Arkansas, while Jem and Scout lived in Maycomb. Both books are told from the girls point of view. Some one was rapped in both books. Maya was rapped my her mother’s boyfriend and Mayella was rapped by her father and both rape victims names start with a M. It was during a very oppressive time for the black community. The blacked were pretty much controlled by the whites. It was very segregated, options for blacks were limited, and blacks were mistreated. The person who was accused of rapping the girl in court was killed. Tom was killed because he tried to run free and Mr. Freeman was killed because he got out early. The narrators’ brothers were old than them, but they were close. In each book there was one person tied to the law who help the black family. In Cadge Bird it was the police officer, in Mocking Bird it was Atticus. Both books have bird in the title which are metaphors. Cadge bird meant that she wasn’t free to do much, yet she kept her sprits up and in the end she was on top of her game. Mocking Bird meant that something that was there to benefit you without it being required and it was considered sinful to harm such a blissful creature.
This book dragged a lot. I didn’t really like it. The movie was better, but I was confused in the beginning. I’ve read lots of books and this was one of the most boring. It was so boring that I just could not get into the book. I’ve in like a week if I really sat down and read, but it was just too boring I couldn’t get too far. I was going to use cliff notes, but I want to get the grade I diserve even if it is a F. The book gave me a headache. I feel bad now because I know I wont do to good on the test or on the report. I hope the next book is better and it’s not overly detailed like this one.