History Literature / ToKillAMockingbird

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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3rd May '16 1:48:57 PM Sheora
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* CompressedAdaptation: The film takes place over a few days while the book is told over a course of a few years.
18th Apr '16 7:56:52 AM AtticusOmundson
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->''"'...shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' That was the only time I ever hear Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. 'Your father's right,' she said. '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.'"''

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->''"'...shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' That was the only time I ever hear heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. 'Your father's right,' she said. '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.'"''


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* FirstNameBasis: Jem and Scout call their father by his name, rather than something like "Father" or "Dad."
11th Apr '16 7:41:31 PM SoapheadChurch
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* OmnidiciplinaryLawyer: Atticus, who appears to specialize in property law, is appointed to defend Tom Robinson of criminal charges. Justified in this case: in the rural South, lawyers, much like physicians, were expected to be general practitioners who could accept any kind of work.

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* OmnidiciplinaryLawyer: OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Atticus, who appears to specialize in property law, is appointed to defend Tom Robinson of criminal charges. Justified in this case: in the rural South, lawyers, much like physicians, were expected to be general practitioners who could accept any kind of work.
11th Apr '16 7:40:39 PM SoapheadChurch
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* CommonNonsenseJury: An iconic example. Atticus believes that the entirety of the time spent deliberating was an attempt to talk down the one juror who didn't want to convict.

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* CommonNonsenseJury: An iconic example.example, convicting Tom Robinson on the word of an obvious liar and his emotionally fragile daughter. Atticus believes that the entirety of the time spent deliberating was an attempt to talk down the one juror who didn't want to convict.



* CorruptHick: 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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* CorruptHick: CorruptHick:
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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.



* CrusadingLawyer: Atticus, who works pro-bono some cases.

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* CrusadingLawyer: Atticus, who works pro-bono some cases. Downplayed in that he prefers a peaceful probate practice and doesn't actively seek out causes.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: More bigoted, than evil, but the people of Maycomb don't believe that Dolphus Raymond would ever marry a black woman unless he was out of his mind. Raymond accommodates this mindset by pretending to be drunk.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: EvilCannotComprehendGood:
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More bigoted, than evil, but the people of Maycomb don't believe that Dolphus Raymond would ever marry a black woman unless he was out of his mind. Raymond accommodates this mindset by pretending to be drunk.



* OneBookAuthor: For whatever reason Lee never wrote another book. She had a second novel in the works, ''The Long Goodbye'', and a nonfiction book based on the Willie Jo Maxwell killings, but nothing ever came of either of them. She contributed substantially to Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood''; this is her only other work to see the light of publication.
** This led to America's version of the [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Authorship Question]]. Proponents argue (on equally flimsy evidence) that Truman Capote wrote the book. Those that actually knew Truman Capote answer this with [[ShamelessSelfPromoter "If he had written it, there is no way that he would have been able to keep his mouth shut about it."]]
** This changed when a book she completed in 1950 called ''Go Set a Watchman'' was [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/harper-lee-novel_n_6603994.html announced for publication in the summer of 2015.]] The novel, which pre-dates ''To Kill a Mockingbird'', is told from an adult Scout Finch's perspective as she visits Atticus in Maycomb after having moved to New York.[[note]] ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' started as flashback scenes in ''Go Set a Watchman''; Lee's editor felt that there was a whole novel in the flashback scenes and encouraged her to expand that story.[[/note]]

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* OmnidiciplinaryLawyer: Atticus, who appears to specialize in property law, is appointed to defend Tom Robinson of criminal charges. Justified in this case: in the rural South, lawyers, much like physicians, were expected to be general practitioners who could accept any kind of work.
* OneBookAuthor: For whatever reason Lee never wrote another book. She had a second novel in the works, ''The Long Goodbye'', and a nonfiction book based on the Willie Jo Maxwell killings, but nothing ever came of either of them. She contributed substantially to Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood''; this is her only other work to see the light of publication.
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publication. This led to America's version of the [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Authorship Question]]. Proponents argue (on equally flimsy evidence) that Truman Capote wrote the book. Those that actually knew Truman Capote answer this with [[ShamelessSelfPromoter "If he had written it, there is no way that he would have been able to keep his mouth shut about it."]]
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"]] This changed when a book she completed in 1950 called ''Go Set a Watchman'' was [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/harper-lee-novel_n_6603994.html announced for publication in the summer of 2015.]] The novel, which pre-dates ''To Kill a Mockingbird'', is told from an adult Scout Finch's perspective as she visits Atticus in Maycomb after having moved to New York.[[note]] ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' started as flashback scenes in ''Go Set a Watchman''; Lee's editor felt that there was a whole novel in the flashback scenes and encouraged her to expand that story.[[/note]]



* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Hey, Boo."]]

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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[[spoiler:"Hey, Boo."]]
8th Apr '16 5:42:22 PM Sunburst
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: "Alabama Story" in Japan, "The Darkness Beyond the Hedge" in Italy.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: "Alabama Story" in Japan, "The Darkness Beyond the Hedge" in Italy.Italy, "The Sun Rises For Everyone" in Brazil.
23rd Mar '16 11:33:10 PM Mdumas43073
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''To Kill a Mockingbird'' is a PulitzerPrize-winning 1960 novel by Creator/HarperLee 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 1960 novel by Creator/HarperLee 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.



In 1962, ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' was made into a film with Creator/GregoryPeck as Atticus Finch, probably his most well-known role today. For the rest of his life, he gladly named it his favorite of his many roles.

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In 1962, ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' was made into a film with directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Creator/GregoryPeck as Atticus Finch, probably his most well-known role today. For the rest of his life, he gladly named it his favorite of his many roles.
20th Mar '16 3:41:04 PM Aiguille
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* HowWeGotHere: Sort of -- see InMediaRes below.

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* HowWeGotHere: Sort of -- see InMediaRes InMediasRes below.
16th Mar '16 3:52:49 AM SoapheadChurch
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* ComingOfAgeStory
* CommonNonsenseJury: An iconic example.

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* ComingOfAgeStory
ComingOfAgeStory: To a certain extent, this is one for Jem and Scout.
* CommonNonsenseJury: An iconic example. Atticus believes that the entirety of the time spent deliberating was an attempt to talk down the one juror who didn't want to convict.



* DeepSouth

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* DeepSouthDeepSouth: The fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, which is based on Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville.



* GroinAttack: Scout accidentally kicks some guy in the nuts during [[spoiler:the attempted lynching]]. ([[{{Bowdlerise}} This becomes kicks to the calves in the movie]].)

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* GroinAttack: Scout accidentally kicks some guy in the nuts during [[spoiler:the attempted lynching]]. ([[{{Bowdlerise}} ([[{{Bowdlerize}} This becomes kicks to the calves in the movie]].)



* HeyYou: For an unspecified reason, Scout and Jem call their father "Atticus," instead of "Dad."
** Could have something to do with how Atticus seems to hold himself and his children to equal standards, thus they refer to him as an equal.
** Could also be because Atticus' wife died when Jem and Scout were quite young: without a mother present to call Atticus 'dad,' Jem and Scout would never hear anyone refer to their father but by his name, and they'd probably copy that behaviour.

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* HeyYou: For an unspecified reason, Scout and Jem call their father "Atticus," instead of "Dad."
** Could have something
" It may be due to do with how Atticus seems to hold himself and holding his children to equal standards, thus they refer to him as an equal.
** Could also be
standards with himself, or perhaps because Atticus' wife died when Jem and Scout were quite young: without a their mother present to call Atticus 'dad,' Jem died young, and Scout would they have never hear heard anyone refer to their father but by his name, and they'd probably copy that behaviour.Atticus as "dad."



* {{Hikikomori}}: Boo Radley.



* ParentalSubstitute: Calpurnia who acts like a mother to Scout and Jem. Aunt Alexandra may also have tried to be this to the children.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Calpurnia Calpurnia, who acts like a mother to Scout and Jem. Aunt Alexandra may also have tried to be this to the children.



* ASinisterClue: Bob Ewell, perhaps the only character who can legitimately be called evil, is left-handed. (Ambidexterous, technically, but he prefers his left.) t This is more than a symbolic clue to his true nature, since Mayella's injuries were caused by a left-handed man.

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* ASinisterClue: Bob Ewell, perhaps the only character who can legitimately be called evil, is left-handed. (Ambidexterous, technically, (He's technically ambidextrous, but he prefers his left.) t This is more than a symbolic clue to his true nature, since Mayella's injuries were caused by a left-handed man.
14th Mar '16 2:43:39 PM SoapheadChurch
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* KangarooCourt: It's obvious that Tom Robinson's guilt was determined far in advance of the trial. His jury even includes members of the lynch mob that tried to kill him in prison.



** The jurors never got punished for finding Tom guilty despite knowing damn well that he's innocent.



* NiceGuy: Atticus Finch is acknowledged as one of the nicest guys in all fiction, a compassionate true gentleman and a kind-hearted father.
** Also Link Deas, the businessman who stands up and makes a loud public statement of Tom's impeccable character in court during Tom's trial (risking being held in contempt, or at least ejection from the courtroom) then after [[spoiler:Tom is convicted]] he gives Tom's wife a job to help her support the family and stands up for her to Bob Ewell when he starts to harass her.

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* NiceGuy: Atticus Finch is acknowledged as one of the nicest guys in all fiction, a compassionate true gentleman and a kind-hearted father.
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father. Also Link Deas, the businessman who stands up and makes a loud public statement of Tom's impeccable character in court during Tom's trial (risking being held in contempt, or at least ejection from the courtroom) then after [[spoiler:Tom is convicted]] he gives Tom's wife a job to help her support the family and stands up for her to Bob Ewell when he starts to harass her.



* ParentalSubstitute: Calpurnia who acts like a mother to Scout and Jem.
** Aunt Alexandra may also have tried to be this to the children.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Calpurnia who acts like a mother to Scout and Jem. \n** Aunt Alexandra may also have tried to be this to the children.
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