To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter Breakdown

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Chapter 1

  • History/background
  • See Atticus is different
  • Description of Maycomb
  • Dill
  • Jem touches the Radley House (dare)
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Chapter 2

  • School
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Chapter 3

  • Walter Cunningham (beat up and come to dinner)
  • Brief intro to the Ewells (Burris Ewell)
  • Scout tries to convince Atticus she doesn't need to go to school-they come to a compromise
  • Calpurnia in mother role (IRONY)

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-"     "Sir?-"  "-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it"

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Chapter 4

  • Tree gifts
  • Summer and DIll
  • Tire Game (Scout thinks she hears laughter)
  • Boo Radley game starts
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Chapter 5

  • Back off Radley game
  • Scout neglected by boys "girl"
  • Dill asks Scout to marry him when they're older
  • Miss Maudie tells Scout more about the Radley's
  • Attempt to get note to Boo Radley
    • Fishing pole through shutter
    • Atticus finds out during attempt...he's not pleased
  • Game revealed to adults
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Chapter 6

  • Try to see Boo
    • Go under the wire fence at the back of the Radley plot
  • Mr Nathan Radley shoots at them (thinks it was a black man)
  • Jem loses his trousers on wire fence during escape
    • Strippoker with matches is the excuse
  • Jem goes to retrieve pants when everyone's in bed
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Chapter 7

  • School-2nd grade
  • Jem reveales his pants were mended when he went to get them
  • Soap figures in the knot hole
  • Hole gets filled with cement
    • Mr Nathan tells children the tree is dying
    • Jem asks Atticus who tells hime the tree looks fine but Mr Nathan knows more about his own trees
    • Innoncence is ruined when the children find they have been lied to
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Chapter 8

  • Mr Radley dies
  • Snow in Maycomb
    • Snowman (see symbolism)
      • Shows everyone is the same (mud(black) inside and white(snow) outside)
      • unaccetable till white (wider context)
      • coexistance of good and evil
  • Miss Maudie's house on fire
  • Blanket from Boo
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Chapter 9

  • Find out about Tom Robinson case
  • Atticus' self respect (know won't win but takes case anyway)
  • Uncle Jack
  • Aunt Alexandra
  • Cousin Frances
  • Scout must learn how to control her temper

"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win"

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Chapter 10

  • Tim Johnson shooting
  • Children want to shoot their air rifles they got for Christmas- "Shoot all the bluejays you want [but remember] it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"
  • Jem learns a valuable lesson
  • Miss Maudie explains about Atticus aka "ol'one shot"
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Chapter 11

  • Mrs Dubose
    • Jem destroys her camelias
    • Jem has to read to her (gets longer each time)
    • She dies and we find out she was a morphine addict
    • Jem recieves a camelia in a box

"[the word niggerlover is something] ignorant, brashing people use[...] when they think somebody's favouring Negroes over and above themselves"

"I wanted you to see what real courage is,instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gunin his hand[...]"

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Chapter 12

  • Jem growing up
  • Atticus is away
  • Children go with Cal to First Purchase church
  • Aunt Alexandra comes to live with them

"I don't want anybody sayin' I don't look after my children"-Calpurnia

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Chapter 13

  • Aunt Alexandra tries to install family pride
    • thinks 'streaks' in families are real
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Chapter 14

  • Scout finds out whatrape is
  • Aunt Alexandra not pleased with children going to First Purchase
  • Atticus wont's let Alexandra fire Cal (ironic that they can't function without her-they're forward thinking as they rely on a Negro and treat her like family)
  • Dill runs away from Meridian to Maycomb
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Chapter 15

  • Lynch mob
  • Learning lessons
  • Growing up
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Chapter 16

  • Atticus shown as forward thinking
  • People going to courthouse for the trial
  • Find out about Mr Dolphus Raymond
  • Find out Atticus was appointed to the case
  • Children go to the Black balcony to watch trial
  • Trial starts
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Chapter 17

  • Heck Tate testifys
  • Bob Ewell testifys
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Chapter 18

  • Mayella Ewell testifys
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Chapter 19

  • Tom Robinson testifys
  • Mr Link Deas interupts
  • Scout and Dill leaves courtroom-made Dill feel sick about how Tom was treated by Gilmer
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Chapter 20

  • Meet Mr Dolphus Raymond
  • Atticus sums up case for jury
  • Calpurnia goes to front of courthouse to talk to Atticus
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Chapter 21

  • Cal gives Atticus note from Alexandra-children are missing
  • Judge Taylor tells Atticus that they're in the Negro baclony and have been from the start
  • Atticus sends children home for dinner (they could come back)
  • Wait for verdict 
  • Guilty verdict
  • As Atticus leaves, Negroes stand up in silence to honour him
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Chapter 22

  • Finch family upset
  • Negroes send Finches gifts of food as thanks
  • Step in the right direction-jury had to think about the verdict
  • Mr Bob Ewell spits in Atticus' face and tells him he has it in for him
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Chapter 23

  • Atticus jokes about Bob's attack on him
  • Appeal for Tom-nothing can happen to him yet
  • Scout wants to be friends with Walter Cunningham-Alexandra="NO"
  • Jem growing up-chest hair and new advice (don't let Aunt Alexandra annoy Scout instead if vice versa)
  • Understanding of Boo Radley-doesn't come out because he doesn't want to

"In our courts when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins"

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks"

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Chapter 24

  • Missionary circle
  • Find out Tom's been shot
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Chapter 25

  • Find out how Atticus told Helen Robinson about Tom's death
  • Maycomb Tribune article -said Tom was doomed from the moment Mayella screamed
  • Mr Ewell said one down, two to go (acording to Miss Stephanie)
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Chapter 26

  • Atticus still re-elected as slate legislature
  • Current events assigment in school
    • Hitler and democracy

"How can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home[?]"

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Chapter 27

  • Bob Ewell get job with WPA-gets fired
    • Blames Atticus for everything
  • Mr Link Deas gives Helen Robinson a job
    • She has to aoid Ewell place as they harass her
      • Link walks her home 1 day-tells Bob to stop harassing her
    • Bob follows her to work next day
      • Link tells him off/threatens him
  • Flashback to last haloween (Mrs Tutti and Mrs Frutti)
  • Prepare for pageant
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Chapter 28

  • Pageant
  • Children attacked
  • Jem's arm broken badly (links back to intro)
    • Dr Reynolds comes
  • Bob Ewell stabbed to death during attack
    • Mr Tate comes to Finches to tell them
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Chapter 29

  • Scout tells adults what happened
  • Ham costume saves Scout's life
  • Find out Arthur Radley (Boo) saved them
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Chapter 30

  • Scout told to call Boo Mr Arthur
  • Atticus thinks Jem killed Bob
    • Tate thinks that's ridiculous and insists he fell on the knife
      • Point is Boo killed Bob but Tate doesn't want to put Boo in the light (mockingbird)

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

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Chapter 31

  • Scout takes Boo to Jem's bed to see him
  • She learns his 'language' of body movements
  • She walks Boo home but makes it look like he's escorting her to make it look better
  • She sees the neighbourhood with fresh eyes as she turns to leave
    • She sees Boo's view
      • She can finally 'walk around in his skin' and understand him
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