History Literature / ToKillAMockingbird

22nd May '18 6:07:51 PM DrOO7
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" ChekhovsGun: Scout refuses to take off her costume because she's so humiliated by her botching her role in the pageant. The metal framework ends up saving her life when Bob Ewell attacks them. [[note]] Atticus and Sheriff Tate notice a long clean line along the metal that indicates that Ewell slashed at it with a knife [[/note]]

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" * ChekhovsGun: Scout refuses to take off her costume because she's so humiliated by her botching her role in the pageant. The metal framework ends up saving her life when Bob Ewell attacks them. [[note]] Atticus and Sheriff Tate notice a long clean line along the metal that indicates that Ewell slashed at it with a knife [[/note]]



** The novel spends an entire chapter detailing local racist Bob Ewell's attempts at getting revenge on everyone he blames for being outed as a liar (he had beaten his daughter after catching her trying to seduce a black man and forced her to accuse the innocent man of rape. Despite evidence of his innocence, the man was convicted and fatally shot trying to escape.), stalking the man's widow, the trial judge, and explicitly threatening the man's lawyer, Atticus Finch. In the next chapter, as Atticus' children prepare to go to a Halloween party, their aunt mentions an uneasy feeling, "Something just walked over my grave". The children are viciously attacked by Ewell on their way home, and it is all but stated that they would have been killed had someone not heard their screams and come to help.

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** The novel spends an entire chapter detailing local racist Bob Ewell's attempts at getting revenge on everyone he blames for being outed as a liar (he [[note]] he had beaten his daughter after catching her trying to seduce a black man and forced her to accuse the innocent man of rape. Despite evidence of his innocence, the man was convicted and fatally shot trying to escape.), escape [[/note]]-- stalking the man's widow, the trial judge, and explicitly threatening the man's lawyer, Atticus Finch. In the next chapter, as Atticus' children prepare to go to a Halloween party, their aunt mentions an uneasy feeling, "Something just walked over my grave". The children are viciously attacked by Ewell on their way home, and it is all but stated that they would have been killed had someone not heard their screams and come to help.
22nd May '18 5:00:48 PM DrOO7
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" ChekhovsGun: Scout refuses to take off her costume because she's so humiliated by her botching her role in the pageant. The metal framework ends up saving her life when Bob Ewell attacks them. [[note]] Atticus and Sheriff Tate notice a long clean line along the metal that indicates that Ewell slashed at it with a knife [[/note]]
11th May '18 3:03:11 PM Javertshark13
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** "A jury never looks at a man it has convicted, [[spoiler: and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson."]]
17th Mar '18 1:05:17 PM Pren
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In 2018 Creator/AaronSorkin adapted the story into a stage play.
18th Feb '18 12:30:52 PM StarSword
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* DisabilityAlibi: During the trial of Tom Robinson, Atticus notes that the victim, Mayella Ewell, has bruises on the right side of her face which suggests they were inflicted with the left hand, Tom Robinson is unable to use his left hand due to a childhood injury involving a cotton gin, and Mayella's abusive father Bob is left-handed. Despite the obvious implications, the racist jury convict Tom anyway, since he is a black man accused of a crime against a white woman.
1st Feb '18 2:27:21 PM RicPot
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* AgeGapRomance: Scout mentions at one point that her mother was many years younger than Atticus, who married well into middle-age. This adds another layer of sorrow to the Finch's backstory: Atticus must have expected his wife would outlive him, but she died suddenly and very young.



* MayDecemberRomance: Scout mentions at one point that her mother was many years younger than Atticus, who married well into middle-age. This adds another layer of sorrow to the Finch's backstory: Atticus must have expected his wife would outlive him, but she died suddenly and very young.
27th Jan '18 8:16:38 PM MackWylde
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: With its harsh realism but human sentimentality and heart, this timeless book is clearly somewhere in the middle.
16th Jan '18 8:48:32 PM Javertshark13
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** During the trial, Mayella states that Bob Ewell is "tolerable" most of the time, but is worse when he's drinking. [[spoiler: As Scout and Jem find out, he's at his most violent when drunk]].


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* LiquidCourage: A very dark example- [[spoiler: Bob Ewell gets himself drunk in order to work up the nerve to kill Scout and Jem]].
16th Jan '18 10:58:54 AM costanton11
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''To Kill a Mockingbird'' is a PulitzerPrize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee, set in the [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] DeepSouth and revolving around six-year-old Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, her brother Jem and their lawyer father Atticus. During the course of the novel Atticus [[ClearTheirName defends a black man]], Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of rape.

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''To Kill a Mockingbird'' is a PulitzerPrize-winning UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee, set in the [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] DeepSouth and revolving around six-year-old Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, her brother Jem and their lawyer father Atticus. During the course of the novel Atticus [[ClearTheirName defends a black man]], Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of rape.
9th Jan '18 2:30:52 PM Owlorange1995
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* BystanderSyndrome: Everyone in Maycomb knows that Bob Ewell is a lout who refuses to work and only grudgingly provides the bare essentials for his children, but no one confronts him, not even when he poaches game off other people's property. By the time he's finally [[spoiler: killed off, Tom Robinson is dead and Jem has suffered a permanent arm injury]].
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