TKMB Quotes

Some main quotes to embedd into the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' exam

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'Ladies wore corsets, men wore coats'

'The *****es, having waited for the white people to go upstairs, began to come in'

'She was white, and she tempted a *****. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man.'

'In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly but those are the facts of life.'

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Quotes on Maycomb

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Boo Radley

'From the day Mr Radley took Arthur home, people said the house died...'

'I heard him scratching on the back screen'

'Boo was about six and a half feet tall... dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch'

'Someone inside the house was laughing.'

'Stop tormenting that man'

'I said I didn't think it would be nice to bother him'

'The Radley place had ceased to terrify me'

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Boo Radley

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The Cunninghams

'Walter Cunningham's face told everyone in the first grade that he had hookworms'

'The Cunningham's never took anything they can't pay back' 'They don't have much but they get along with it'

'A mob's always made up of people no mater what. Mr Cunningham was part of a mob last night but he was still a man'

'The crash hit them the hardest'

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The Cunninghams

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'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view'

'When Jem and I fuss, Atticus doesn't ever just listen to Jem's side of it, he hears mine too'

'I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand'

'As Atticus's fists went to his his, so did Jem's'  'Mutual defiance made them both alike'

'See if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes a minute'

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The Ewells

'A disgrace to Maycomb for three generations.'  'They were people but they lived like animals'

'I seen that black ****** yonder ruttin' on my Mayella'

'She says what her papa do to her don't count'

'I wondered if anyone had ever called her 'ma'am' or 'Miss Mayella' in her life.'

'Let the dead bury the dead this time.'

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The Ewells

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Maycomb Ladies

'Mrs Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived'

'Well we're making a step - it's just a baby step, but it's a step' - Miss Maudie

'Jem and I had considerable faith in Miss Maudie'

'Calpurnia had more education than most coloured folk'

'Aunty had a way of declaring what is best for the family' - Aunt Alexandra

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Maycomb Ladies

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Scout maturing

'I tired to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it'

'Dill asked if I'd like to have a poke at Boo Radley I said I didn't think it would be nice to bother him'

'Well it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?'

'Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough'

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Scout Maturing

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Jem maturing

'Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me'

'He was difficult to live with'

'You oughta let your mother know where you are', 'he rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood'

'I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world'

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Jem Maturing

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'The way that man called him 'boy' all the time and sneered at him'

'It made me sick'

'Cry about the hell white people give coloured folks, without even stopping to think that they're people too'

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The mockingbird

'Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'

'He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children'

'Well it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?' - (about convicting Boo for the murder of Bob Ewell

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The Mockingbird

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Paul Dutton


A useful set of quotes from the novel.



Really useful.  I especially like the blank pages so students can add their own favourite quotations.

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