History Literature / ToKillAMockingbird

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]].
9th Jan '18 5:34:55 AM Rebbil
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* GenderBlenderName: Calpurnia is sometimes nicknamed 'Cal' by Jem, which is a boy's name. Jem itself is thought of as a girl's name these days.

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* GenderBlenderName: Calpurnia is sometimes nicknamed 'Cal' by Jem, which is a boy's name. Jem (here, short for Jeremy) itself is thought of as a girl's name these days.
29th Nov '17 5:58:19 PM FordPrefect
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** Atticus is kind, compassionate man and loving father who tries to steer Jem and Scout away from the racism of Maycomb. Ewell is disgusting racist hick who neglects his family, abuses his children, [[spoiler: and pushes his daughter into having a black man's life destroyed]].

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** Atticus is a kind, compassionate man and loving father who tries to steer Jem and Scout away from the racism of Maycomb. Ewell is a disgusting racist hick who neglects his family, abuses his children, [[spoiler: and pushes his daughter into having a black man's life destroyed]].
29th Nov '17 5:53:40 PM FordPrefect
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Scout and Jem's relatively innocent personalities and their father's liberal influence means that they don't fully comprehend the systemic racism in their town. Jem's naïve confidence that Tom will be acquitted is the biggest example. It's the reason for the books NonPOVProtagonist. We can see Tom's trial through the eyes of Scout, who lacks the cynicism and casual racism of the adults and see how tragic and incomprehensible it really is.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Scout and Jem's relatively innocent personalities and their father's liberal influence means that they don't fully comprehend the systemic racism in their town. Jem's naïve confidence that Tom will be acquitted is the biggest example. It's the reason for the books NonPOVProtagonist. We can see Tom's trial through the eyes of Scout, who lacks the cynicism and casual racism of the adults adults, and see how tragic and incomprehensible it really is.
5th Nov '17 12:16:10 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Mayella in the book is described as "heavyset", but her movie counterpart is quite slim and cute.



* BadassPacifist: Atticus Finch.
** In the movie, he is spat upon by Bob Ewell. Atticus looks the man in the eye as he wipes the spit off with a handkerchief, and it is apparent that the man is intimidated by Atticus' mere presence. Atticus leaves without laying a hand on the contemptible man, but it is clear who the stronger of the two is.

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* BadassPacifist: Atticus Finch. \n** In the movie, he is spat upon by Bob Ewell. Atticus looks the man in the eye as he wipes the spit off with a handkerchief, and it is apparent that the man is intimidated by Atticus' mere presence. Atticus leaves without laying a hand on the contemptible man, but it is clear who the stronger of the two is.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Miss Maudie may be a cheerful kind woman, but she's got a snarky streak. When gossipy Miss Stephanie claims she saw Boo Radley staring at her through her window, Miss Maudie icily asks if she moved over in the bed to make room for him.
* BitchAlert: Mrs Dubose gets this introduction in the movie, but most of her scenes were cut for pacing reasons.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: ParentalIncest was a common reality in the time and place of the story. Collin Wilcox Paxton stated in ''Fearful Symmetry'' that she deliberately played Mayella this way. She revealed that girls like Mayella were common in rural North Carolina where she grew up, and it was taken for granted that they were molested, usually by a father or uncle.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: DeliberateValuesDissonance:
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ParentalIncest was a common reality in the time and place of the story. Collin Wilcox Paxton stated in ''Fearful Symmetry'' that she deliberately played Mayella this way. She revealed that girls like Mayella were common in rural North Carolina where she grew up, and it was taken for granted that they were molested, usually by a father or uncle.uncle.
** Mayella would also rather send an innocent to jail than admit publicly that she tried to kiss a black man.
** Even Scout thinks the idea of women being on the jury is ludicrous and even has an ImagineSpot where she pictures the town's GossipyHens holding up the trial asking pointless questions.



* FemininityFailure: Aunt Alexandra's raison d'etre is to prevent Scout from having these.



* GenderBlenderName: Calpurnia is sometimes nicknamed 'Cal' by Jem, which is a boy's name. Jem itself is thought of as a girl's name these days.



* GossipyHens: Miss Stephanie Crawford.

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* GossipyHens: Miss Stephanie Crawford.Crawford is the ringleader of the hens in Maycomb.



* HiddenDepths: [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold Boo Radley]] and [[RetiredBadass Atticus]]. Also several minor characters -- Mrs. Dubose, Aunt Alexandra, Mr. Cunningham, Braxton Underwood, Dolphus Raymond.

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* HiddenDepths: HiddenDepths:
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[[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold Boo Radley]] and [[RetiredBadass Atticus]]. Also several minor characters -- Mrs. Dubose, Aunt Alexandra, Mr. Cunningham, Braxton Underwood, Dolphus Raymond.


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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: The supporting women in the story. Miss Maudie and Calpurnia are nice, Miss Stephanie and Mrs Dubose are mean, Aunt Alexandra and Miss Caroline are in-between.
28th Aug '17 8:25:48 PM dunicha
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* TearsOfFear: It's [[ImpliedTrope implied]] that Atticus (of all people!) sheds some after the lynch mob departs. To be fair, he is really reacting over the danger his children were in.

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* TearsOfFear: It's [[ImpliedTrope implied]] that Atticus (of all people!) sheds some after the lynch mob departs. To be fair, he is really reacting over [[AdultFear the danger his children were in. in.]]
28th Aug '17 7:50:09 PM dunicha
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* InvulnerableKnuckles: Scout splits her knuckle to the bone punching out her cousin.

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* InvulnerableKnuckles: Averted, Scout splits her knuckle to the bone punching out her cousin.
28th Aug '17 7:47:44 PM dunicha
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* InnocentInaccurate: Both comic examples, like Jem frequently being a KnowNothingKnowItAll to a Scout who doesn't know better than to believe him, and dramatic ones, like his confidence right up until the last minute that the jury will acquit Tom.

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* InnocentInaccurate: Both comic examples, like Jem frequently being a KnowNothingKnowItAll to a Scout Scout, who doesn't know better than to believe him, and dramatic ones, like his confidence right up until the last minute that the jury will acquit Tom.
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