History Literature / ToKillAMockingbird

9th Dec '16 2:43:22 AM axle-k89
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* AbusiveParents: Bob Ewell, who seems to hardly care about his younger children [[spoiler:and is heavily implied to have beaten and raped his own eldest daughter, Mayella]].




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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Bob Ewell at the end. He doesn't dare go after Atticus, because he's the best shot in the county and would wipe the floor with him. So he decides to target Jem and Scout instead.]]
2nd Dec '16 12:08:20 PM Aquila89
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Dill, who was based on Harper Lee's childhood friend, the openly gay Creator/TrumanCapote, and who makes a ChildhoodMarriagePromise with Scout and kisses her when he thinks her brother isn't looking, but who, as he grows up, is much more interested in spending time with her brother and at one point, explains why Jem doesn't have his pants by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments lying that he'd won them off him]] in a game of StripPoker.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Dill, who was based on Harper Lee's childhood friend, the openly gay Creator/TrumanCapote, and who Creator/TrumanCapote. Dill makes a ChildhoodMarriagePromise with Scout and kisses her when he thinks her brother isn't looking, but who, as he grows up, he is much more interested in spending time with her brother and at one point, explains why Jem doesn't have his pants by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments lying that he'd won them off him]] in a game of StripPoker.
7th Nov '16 3:44:51 AM LentilSandEater
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* ClearTheirName: The main plot and an iconic example in [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] literature.
** Somewhat of a tragic [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the trope since [[spoiler:Atticus proves Tom innocent so conclusively that pretty much EVERYONE knows the truth -- but he's convicted, sentenced and ultimately killed while trying to escape ''just because he's black'']].
*** The circumstances of his death are different in the movie: [[spoiler:Tom doesn't even make it to the sentencing, dying after getting struck by what was supposed to be just a warning shot as he escaped the vehicle that was taking him back to the prison to await sentencing, since he didn't believe that the sheriff would be able to keep him safe]].

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* ClearTheirName: The main plot and an iconic example in [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] literature.
** Somewhat of a
literature. It's all the more tragic [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the trope since because [[spoiler:Atticus proves Tom innocent so conclusively that pretty much EVERYONE knows the truth -- but he's convicted, sentenced and ultimately killed while trying to escape ''just because he's black'']].
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black'']]. The circumstances of his death are different in the movie: [[spoiler:Tom doesn't even make it to the sentencing, dying after getting struck by what was supposed to be just a warning shot as he escaped the vehicle that was taking him back to the prison to await sentencing, since he didn't believe that the sheriff would be able to keep him safe]].
20th Aug '16 2:30:01 PM SoapheadChurch
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* SympathyForTheDevil: How Scout feels regarding Mayella, who is [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer mocked and rejected by the rest of the town]] and [[spoiler:has been assaulted, possibly [[ParentalIncest sexually]], by Bob Ewell]]. Tom Robinson also states during his testimony that, even though Mayella is basically trying to destroy him, he feels sorry for her, which shocks the jury.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: How Scout feels regarding Mayella, who is [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer mocked and rejected by the rest of the town]] and [[spoiler:has has been assaulted, possibly [[ParentalIncest sexually]], by Bob Ewell]].Ewell. Tom Robinson also states during his testimony that, even though Mayella is basically trying to destroy him, he feels sorry for her, which shocks the jury.
20th Aug '16 2:29:07 PM SoapheadChurch
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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Bob Ewell]] is the one who really beat Mayella.

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Bob Ewell]] Bob Ewell is the one who really beat Mayella.



** Bob Ewell has this trope down to a science, what with accusing Tom Robinson of rape, probably [[spoiler:responsible for the rape and abuse of his daughter, attempting to kill Scout and Jem]] and being an all-around not-nice person. This is nicely averted by the town sheriff Heck Tate, however, who is quite a kind man. There is also Link Deas, Tom's employer, who risks jail to stand up in court and speak out of turn bearing witness to Tom's integrity. It should be noted that even though Bob Ewell and his brood are considered the lowest of the low, the townsfolk only take his word instead of Tom Robinson's because Bob is white.

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** Bob Ewell has this trope down to a science, what with accusing Tom Robinson of rape, probably [[spoiler:responsible responsible for the rape (physical and sexual) abuse of his daughter, [[spoiler: attempting to kill Scout and Jem]] and being an all-around not-nice person. This is nicely averted by the town sheriff Heck Tate, however, who is quite a kind man. There is also Link Deas, Tom's employer, who risks jail to stand up in court and speak out of turn bearing witness to Tom's integrity. It should be noted that even though Bob Ewell and his brood are considered the lowest of the low, the townsfolk only take his word instead of Tom Robinson's because Bob is white.



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: [[spoiler: Boo Radley.]]

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: Boo Radley. [[spoiler: Boo Radley.He plays with the children in a roundabout way and even saves their lives at the climax.]]
18th Aug '16 8:46:28 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Bob Ewell]] is the one who really beat Mayella.
12th Jun '16 11:08:20 AM SoapheadChurch
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Despite [[ToughActToFollow (or possibly because of)]] its near-universal acclaim and status as a classic, this was the only book Harper Lee ever published during the 20th century. In 2015, news [[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOKS_HARPER_LEE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT broke out]] that she would publish ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'', a {{sequel}} (actually a rejected manuscript written before ''To Kill a Mockingbird'') set in TheFifties and featuring many of the same characters, including an adult Scout and an aging Atticus.

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Despite [[ToughActToFollow (or possibly because of)]] its near-universal acclaim and status as a classic, this was the only book Harper Lee ever published during the 20th century. In 2015, news [[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOKS_HARPER_LEE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT broke out]] that she would publish ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'', a {{sequel}} (actually a rejected manuscript written before ''To Kill a Mockingbird'') Mockingbird'' set in TheFifties and featuring many of the same characters, including an adult Scout and an aging Atticus.
10th Jun '16 9:42:40 AM SoapheadChurch
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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: After learning how [[spoiler:Bob Ewell died (killed by Boo Radley when he'd tried to kill Scout and Jem)]], Sheriff Tate tells Atticus that his official story will be that [[spoiler:Bob fell and impaled himself on his own knife.]] Given the nature of [[spoiler:Bob's actual killer]], Atticus understands the Sheriff's decision, as does Scout.
** Also subtly implied to be Atticus's views on [[spoiler: the death of Tom Robinson, who supposedly was killed while trying to escape prison.]] We're never given definitive proof on whether or not this was actually true, but Atticus's brief comment on the subject casts a crumb of doubt:

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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch:
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After learning how [[spoiler:Bob Ewell died (killed by Boo Radley when he'd tried to kill Scout and Jem)]], Sheriff Tate tells Atticus that his official story will be that [[spoiler:Bob fell and impaled himself on his own knife.]] Given the nature of [[spoiler:Bob's actual killer]], Atticus understands the Sheriff's decision, as does Scout.
** Also subtly implied to be Atticus's views view on [[spoiler: the death of Tom Robinson, who supposedly was killed while trying to escape prison.]] We're never given definitive proof on whether or not this was actually true, but Atticus's brief comment on the subject casts a crumb of doubt:
10th Jun '16 7:42:33 AM lady_peaseblossom
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Added DiffLines:

** Also subtly implied to be Atticus's views on [[spoiler: the death of Tom Robinson, who supposedly was killed while trying to escape prison.]] We're never given definitive proof on whether or not this was actually true, but Atticus's brief comment on the subject casts a crumb of doubt:
-->'''Atticus''': [[spoiler: They didn't have to shoot him so many times.]]
12th May '16 7:37:40 AM MagBas
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Despite [[ToughActToFollow (or possibly because of)]] its near-universal acclaim and status as a classic, this was the only book Harper Lee ever published during the 20th century. In 2015, news [[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOKS_HARPER_LEE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT broke out]] that she would publish ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'', a "{{sequel}}" (actually a rejected manuscript written before ''To Kill a Mockingbird'') set in TheFifties and featuring many of the same characters, including an adult Scout and an aging Atticus. The "sequel" is in a different continuity as certain plot points (including the outcome of the Tom Robinson trial) don't match up.

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Despite [[ToughActToFollow (or possibly because of)]] its near-universal acclaim and status as a classic, this was the only book Harper Lee ever published during the 20th century. In 2015, news [[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOKS_HARPER_LEE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT broke out]] that she would publish ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'', a "{{sequel}}" {{sequel}} (actually a rejected manuscript written before ''To Kill a Mockingbird'') set in TheFifties and featuring many of the same characters, including an adult Scout and an aging Atticus. The "sequel" is in a different continuity as certain plot points (including the outcome of the Tom Robinson trial) don't match up.
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