GCSE English to kill a mockingbird important quotations

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1. What is the effect of the novel having being written in adult language but told from a child's point
of view?
The writer, Harper Lee shows the clear difference between adult Scout and child Scout and highlights
it clearly. Where on one hand adult Scout's perspective is much wider and is able to understand
mature contents of the novel, on the other hand, child Scout is unable to do so and at times "never
figured out" reasons for some actions. This adult language from a child allows adult Scout to
maintain her wisdom and first narrative whilst remaining innocent to the reader.
2. How does Harper Lee get us onto the side of the Finch family in the opening chapters?
The opening chapters straightaway leads us into a discussion of past times when the two, Scout and
Jem, "look back on" major events that affected their lives and still do. One of these major events was
when "Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow". The reason behind this event is what the whole
book is about. We see that the reasons for this event to happen are given by the siblings. Scout
therefore gets fed up with Jem and chooses the oldest option for there to be of her family history as far
as she knew which related all the way back to Simon Finch, Battle of Hastings and the Finch's
landing. The formal tone and old dialect with historic references helps to set the mood of the novel
and also tells the reader to relate to any specific historic knowledge to imply to the novel and it's
setting, therefore helping the readers have a clearer image of the era. This technique used by Lee to
lead us into the very early history of the Finches helps us to recognize them better throughout the
novel and also briefly names some of the major characters of this novel which may be described
further into the novel but are equally as important people to refer back to.
3. What have we learned so far about the sense of community in Maycomb and their structure of
the society?
Maycomb town has a close community where Scout's father, "Atticus was related by blood or
marriage to nearly every family in the town". This shows that everyone in the town perhaps gets along
with Atticus and respects him well. In addition, Maycomb town has a great sense of community within
its local members as shown by the town members gathering outside the Radley place, when they
barely communicate with the Maycomb town, when they heard a sound of shooting. This shows that
they're all available for each other through thick and thin no matter what.

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Chapt Key Quotations Summary
"the Ewells started it all" (Pg.3) During this chapter we get to know that Jem is four
"Atticus was related by blood or marriage to nearly years older than the narrator Scout Finch whose
every family in town" (Pg. 5) Quotes on next bullet father is called Atticus.
(Pg.9) Jem injured his arm at 13 and they discuss the
"Inside the house was a malevolent phantom" "Any reasons for it to have happened.…read more

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We appreciate everything which you have put into The children leave a note in the knot hole, thanking
the tree for us" (Pg.68) Boo
"Someone had filled our knot hole with cement" Mr Nathan Radley fills the knot hole with cement
(Pg.69) showing that he doesn't want any communication
between Boo and the children.
"The world's endin', Atticus! Please do something !"
"Hasn't snowed in Maycomb since Appomattox"
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"She had never told on us, had never played cats and mouse with us, Miss Maudie 5
she was not at all interestd in our private lives"
"He dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch Boo/Arthur Radley 1
"it's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin Courageous person 11
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We watched Dill emerge by degrees" (Pg.153) Jem warns Scout: "try not to antagonize aunty,
"You can't run three hundred miles off without your hear?" (Pg.151)
mother knowing" (Pg.156) Shows Jem maturing The children discover Dill under Scout's bed. "a
filthy brown package" (Pg.153) Dill
"it was decided that Dill could stay" (Pg.159)
Dill is permitted to stay in Maycomb
"it's that Old Sarum Bunch I'm worried about"
Scout describes event as "a nightmare" (Pg.159)
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