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To Kill a Mockingbird – The END May 19, 2009

Posted by KJ theBookGirl in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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UPDATE: If you have any questions concerned with TKAMB specifically, and have your exam soon or whatever I can provide detailed answers within  24hrs. Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. This includes everything on characters, themes, plot, ideaologies and anything else at all 🙂

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

I have finished my English Lit exam today and never have to analyse To Kill a Mockingbird again. But I will read it again as it is such a good book!


I hope my notes helped and that everyone else doing their GCSEs felt it went well!

Good luck all!!




1. Denise - August 23, 2009

Dear KJ,
I think your analysis is all very interesting. My exams are very soon, and I would like some help, if possible, on:
– Lessons learnt throughout the entire novel
– theme of education
– Chr of Atticus
– Black Community
– Trial: like, comparing characters and discrepancies and analysis..

Thanks so much! MY email/msn is moonshine.teardrops@gmail.com

– Denise

theBookGirl - August 23, 2009

I will post on those topics over the next two days, so hopefully you’ll have a few helpful notes for your exams.
Good luck,

2. alice - March 4, 2013

Hi, your notes have been awesome , i know you posted this in 2009 – 4 YEARS AGO, but i was hoping you might be able to help me if your still using this site!

I have to write about either of the following and dont know which one to do:
1) themes
2) minor characters
or 3) sense of community

and i need to write an introductory paragraph including social and historical context – i really need help as i dont know where to start Thanks in advance

KJ theBookGirl - March 4, 2013

Thank you! I wish I had more time so I could keep writing posts! But I do check for comments now and again, so I will endeavour to help you!

Those three categories are pretty vague, so I assume that means you’re able to be specific within their general framework? If so, here are some questions I would think about to get started on writing in each category:

1) Themes
What recurring issues are there in the text? For example, what’s the role of education? children? women? class? ethnicity? alcoholism? marriage? sanity? These are all themes that come up (and there are loads more). If I were you, I’d pick one, and explore it further, perhaps touching on other themes too if you’d like to. For example, with the role of education, think about what’s interesting and different about it? How do the characters respond to it? What’s the role of justice and punishment within education? How does the education system frame class differences? (For that one, think about which children attend school and which don’t, and how does this effect their prospects). Are girls educated differently or for different purposes? What sort of education is given outside of school? As you can tell, each question leads to other ideas. These ideas can each be a point or paragraph within your essay. Also, Wikipedia has a section on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ themes, so maybe check out the ideas on there too, if you haven’t already.

2) Minor Characters
These are some of the most interesting characters, I reckon, in the whole book. Perhaps for this one you could focus on the title and move from there: the ‘mockingbird’ in the novel is ‘Boo’ Radley’, but why? And who else is a ‘mockingbird’? What’s the purpose of having characters like Boo, Miss Maudie, Calpurnia, Mrs Dubose, and Walter Cunningham? They fill in gaps, because the children need friends, neighbours and a mother-figure of sorts, but why has Harper Lee characterised them in the way she has? Are there links between them? And are there differences?

3) Sense of Community
The best question to think about in this one is ‘Is there a sense of Community?’. I think there definitely is – think about scenes where it’s really shown – when Miss Maudie’s house catches fire and when the trial is going on are just two examples. Think about how all the neighbours give food to Atticus to say thank you to him – would that sort of thing happen nowadays? It seems to me a much stronger community than modern ones! And what makes a community? What ties all the members of the society together? What do people like Atticus and Mrs Dubose have in common? Think about the strong history that even Scout knows about the town, and how she knows where everyone lives and that everyone knows her. And what about the people who opt out of the community? Why is Bob Ewell disliked so much when Miss Maudie is generally loved? And where does the community draw a line – Mr Raymond is an interesting character to look at there.

As for your introductory paragraph, I find it helps by starting by saying something like, ‘Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was written in 1960, a time when racism in the deep south of America was a highly contentious issue….’ From there you can talk about how Harper Lee was from Alabama, and what class, race and gender issues were around at the time (as you know, everyone was very segregated and ranked). Perhaps then say that these discriminations feature strongly in the novel, and then introduce what you’re going to write about.

I hope all that has helped! Good luck 🙂

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