History Literature / ToKillAMockingbird

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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** 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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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.
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