Premium Essay

Single Story In To Kill A Mockingbird

Submitted By
Words 899
Pages 4
Have you ever wondered what a short story is? Well let me tell you. A short story is when you stereotype someone or something based on a story or stories. It is like hearing that broccoli tastes bad from the internet so you never eat broccoli, even though you have never tried it. You don’t truly understand something until you try it or understand someone unless you walk in their shoes. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the theme of a single story is shown through Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond. A single story is first shown with Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is a man that is feared by the whole town of Maycomb. People think of him as the monster of town. A short story is first shown when the kids, Jem, Scout, and Dill, are talking about what Boo Radley looks like. Dill says that he looks like a monster and that if you see him, it will give you nightmares. Dill spoke with fear, “Boo was about six and a half feet …show more content…
It is first shown when people judged him for marrying an African American woman. People called him a “black lover.” People said that someone who loves blacks are worse than blacks. The next time is that everyone thinks that he is a drunk. It is his fault that they think this though because he acts like one. People think he is evil for being the town drunk. Scout thinks to herself, “As Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man I accepted his invitation reluctantly, but I followed Dill” (Lee 267). Scout thinks of him as an evil man because of the stories she has heard from people about him. Atticus and Aunt Alexandria told her these stories. Finally, a single story is shown when the kids find out he was lying to the whole town. Dill takes a sip of his bagged substance and notices that it is Coca- Cola not alcohol. Dolphus likes the idea of the single story for the reason that people don’t bug him because they are afraid of him, or don’t like his way of

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

To Kill a Mockingbird of Secret Autobiography as a young child. The protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, is the daughter of a lawyer, a single father who raises both her and her brother, Jem. Nelle Harper Lee was also the daughter of a lawyer, Amasa Coleman Lee, who raised her, two sisters, and a brother, while their mother was suffering from a bipolar disorder. By just describing their immediate family situations, there is already a few similarities between both families. Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, is not an autobiography, but there is no doubt there is a strong sense of relativity between Harper Lee and the young Scout Finch. One of the similarities between Scout and Lee is their early exposure to racism as young children. Lee has a very strong experience with racism or segregation, due to the fact of her father being a lawyer who represented all kinds of black clients, and the developing chaos of discrimination, riots, and racism. On March 25, 1931, nine young men were accused and arrested for rape of two white women, which means that Lee would have been around at that time. Both women denied having been raped by any of the men. After a period of five trials, five of the men were sentenced to long prison sentences and many lawyers thought the sentences were motivated by racial prejudice. Harper Lee addresses this in her novel by saying, “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for (To Kill a Mockingbird.) Another time when Harper was exposed......

Words: 1062 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Ethical Influence

...Ethical Influence Paper September 18th, 2015 Brandon McConnell To Kill A Mockingbird If you were to ask me about a book or a hero that was an ethical influence on me, I would tell you that both come from the same book/movie. It would be Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird, it is a classic example of heroism and doing the right thing and there is many readers who would agree with that statement. I read this book at the young age of 14 in middle school when I was still developing my feel for the ethics of right and wrong so it made a lasting impact on me growing up and developing as a person. Summarize the book or hero’s life in a few paragraphs; Everyone should know the story of To Kill A Mockingbird but if you don’t, let me share it with you. It happens in a little town of Maycomb, Alabama in the heat of all the racism in the South. In this little town everyone knows each other and everyone knows what happens. The main characters are the Finch family with Atticus, Scout, and Jem in their small house in the middle of Maycomb. Scout is a young girl who grew up with a lot of boys and acts that way in the way she deals with conflict. Jem is the older brother who isn’t really isn’t in the picture a lot but is in a crucial incident of the story with Scout. Atticus is a very well known coveted lawyer; everyone in town knows him and looks up to him as a person and a professional. That was short lived when Atticus did something he knew was right but society...

Words: 1361 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

To Kill A Mockingbird Movie Vs Movie Essay

...Faisal Amjad 11/01/15 Film Appreciation The Film and novel I decided to do on is the classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), which had a legendary cast starring Gregory Peck as Atticus and Mary Badham as Scout, this adaption of the book is as much a classic as the novel itself in my opinion which can be backed up by any person who is in American theater. The film received eight Academy Awards nominations and netted awards for Best Actor, Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and Best Art Direction — Set Decoration, Black and White. This film was a critical adaption of the book. Fans and critiques alike rank this among the best movies of all time, it is ranked #84 top rated movie of all time on, (rated by the people and critiques alike) the production was very extensive and expensive for its time, the budget for the film was about 2 million dollars and made well over $15 million at the box office and it was filmed on 35mm role of film. It was directed by Robert Mulligan, Written by Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), and Horton Foote (screenplay) the movie was produced by universal international pictures....

Words: 1432 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Why Is To Kill A Mockingbird Unfair

...To Kill A Mockingbird Test Is it right that a man, based of of color, is in trial and the only person standing up for him is his public defender? Harper Lee demonstrates the belief that it is hard to stand up to the majority. People should not be judged based on their race, gender, or religion. Men and Women around the United States are being judged on their race and religion. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird there was a lot of racial judging. Then there are the people that are the opposite way. Therefore people should not be judged at all. There are many victims in prison that were convicted because of their race. Every single one of these men or women that are human also. There was the same occurrence in To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus was defending a man that was black and was accused of rape. As usual, since he was black in the 1930’s, he was guilty as charged and sent to prison. As Atticus said “As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”.(To Kill a Mockingbird book). This is something that people all over the US...

Words: 721 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Tom's Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

...Atticus Finch, Two men who were counter opposites. But were alike in the fact that they were both the mockingbirds of the world. In To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the story is told of true character and honest integrity. The story being told by author Harper Lee, tells of a black man by the name of Tom Robinson. Tom is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Mayella is the daughter of the Bob Ewell, the trashiest man in Maycomb. Atticus Finch, an average lawyer and single father of two is assigned the case. Atticus knows that due to Tom´s skin color and the common sickness of Maycomb (racism), they are going to lose the case, but he knows that Tom is innocent therefore he goes on with the case. It has been questioned if it made sense for Atticus to defend Tom, but it did make sense for Atticus to defend Tom, because he was selfless and because he was optimistic. The first reason it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson is because he is...

Words: 826 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Kill a Mocking Bird

...It’s easy for me to apply this story to my personal life as a teacher. The district that I work in is well known for its affluent personas and well to do neighborhoods. The communities that make up the district are historically middle to upper class communities with white doctor’s lawyers and a sprinkle of Hispanic Americans and other well educated people, historically. In recent years the community has been changing and I’ve noticed a different group of people moving in. It’s being diversified to say the least. Single African American mothers and fathers are now moving in and in my opinion to an extent the community wasn’t prepared for it. The school I work in is a special school for this district. It’s surrounded by homes that are not the norm, not the upper middle class that the older community is made up of. Because the cliental is changing and lots of African Americans are moving in and the community isn’t changing it created a friction in the school at times. The students of these parents which are totally different then what the community is used are constantly faced with prejudice and discrimination. The African American students are constantly judged and have to prove they are not something before they get a chance to show who they truly are. These African American boys are fighting against stereotypes and can be put through extreme circumstances. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are similar to these African American boys at my school. They are characters...

Words: 715 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

The Man in the Moon

...The Man in the Moon (1991) Review/Film; A New Boy In Town Captures Her Heart Everything about "The Man in the Moon," Robert Mulligan's effortlessly old-fashioned family drama set in a small Southern town, has a rosy glow. It's a reminder that Mr. Mulligan, a seasoned film maker whose credits include "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Summer of '42" and "The Other," can direct with real tenderness and without fake emotion. His latest film unfolds gently and gracefully, in a climate where the warmth isn't merely a matter of weather. Until its final reel, when it strains badly to accommodate an almost biblical stroke of retribution, "The Man in the Moon" is a small, fond film that achieves a kind of quiet perfection. The story concerns two sisters, and Mr. Mulligan can find something evocative even in the way the elder braids the younger one's hair. The latter, 14-year-old Dani (Reese Witherspoon), is just on the verge of real beauty, while the slightly older Maureen (Emily Warfield) has already gotten there. The girls' family, which is beautifully evoked, exists at all different stages of development, from their toddler sister to their pregnant mother (Tess Harper) and the father (Sam Waterston) who is wary of his daughters' prospective suitors. In his or her own way, each member of this family longs for a boy. When one arrives, in the form of a handsome teen-age neighbor named Court (Jason London), he affects the girls' family in powerful ways. The coltish Dani becomes smitten with...

Words: 1495 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Examples Of Social Inequality In To Kill A Mockingbird

...In the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee social inequality is shown throughout the whole story from beginning to end. The chain of inequality starts at the top with the Finch’s hovering above everyone else than the average neighbors next, the Cunninghams, Ewells, and at the very bottom the negroes. This theme was shown roughly almost every single chapter with the key points of the Tom Robinson and his court trial against Bob Ewell. This happens in the real world today with terrorism and all sorts of other stuff. Social inequality is shown constantly through this novel. Social inequality is shown in many ways that we all encounter everyday. There are many people in poverty striving for food to feed and support their families similar to the Cunninghams in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”. They are near the bottom of the chain with no food, home, or maybe even a loss of friends and family. Some rich people have no respect for them so they don’t offer them any help or even money because they believe they should keep their money since they’re on top of the chain similar to the Finch’s but the Finch’s care for the people in poverty in the book. In chapter 19 Tom Robinson says “No suh, not after she offered me a nickel the first time. I was glad to do it, Mr.Ewell seemed to help her none, and neither did the chillun, and I...

Words: 616 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

The Writing of Me

...Commentary by Kerri McDonald The genre of my story is romance; however it changes slightly nearer to the end of my story into a horror. I’d liked to have read this book because I like reading about romance and horror separately, so the two ideas together would be interesting for me. I think that people in high school and college from the age of 13-20 would mostly like this story, particularly for female readers as they like romance more than male do. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re married, single or engaged, this story can entertain the reader and make them want to read on. I have written my story in first person narrative (in the past tense), as it’s easier to portray the senses, thoughts and feelings of the protagonist. My story is told from the perspective of an inside viewer, Katie. My inspiration to write my story was Debora Hill and John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’. Michael, the murderer, kills people and in the end he gets away while the main character that he was trying to kill, Laurie, was still living. I have chosen to name my killer Malcolm because it sounds similar to Michael. At the end of my story he gets away after killing Lewis Jones, which is very similar to Debora Hill’s story, as Michael just disappeared after the reader thinking that he’s dead from falling out of a window. Laurie lived and so did my character, Katie. Michael reappears again and again throughout the story, but he is ignored. This technique makes the reader......

Words: 892 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Boo Radley Stereotypes

...In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the public heavily influences the development of some character’s personalities. Characters such as Tom Robinson, Boo Radley and Atticus Finch are judged by the public purely by their associated stereotypes and outward appearance. Although the public’s opinion contributed to the interpretation of each man, the misjudgement the characters face daily impacts their lives internally, socially and emotionally. Due to family playing a paramount role throughout the novel, influencing the internal workings of the family dynamic, it begins destroying the Finch’s family mentality. This is heavily noted as Jem progresses through puberty. Illustrated clearly when Scout begins seeing her and Jem’s relationship slowly...

Words: 625 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Families in to Kill a Mockingbird

...bouraghda assia llcer l1 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD : the family and social values To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee might be the greatest novel of the 20th century. The story puts the finger on family and social values that has made it appealing to all generations of readers. The narrator uses the small town of Maycomb and the Finch family as the basis of her story for describing family values. "Maycomb was an old town, but it was an old tired town when i first knew it" p.5 Nearly all the families in TKAM are atypical, even if the Finch seems to be the most normal in the novel. in fact Atticu's family is still unusual: it is a single-parent family and his children call him by his first name. Harper Lee uses the 1st person narrative to put the reader in the shoes of Scout, a tomboy daughter of Atticus Finch. Scout is an intellingent and neither She nor her brother Jem have any close friends, but only Dill who comes to visit each summer. Atticus is one of the only parents that takes time with his children. Him and Scout would read everyday for example. the only motherly touch in the house comes from Calpurnia, the african american housekeeper. Nevertheless, the Finch serves as role models I mean The novel traces the life of Scout, her brother Jem and Atticus over many years. Meanwhile, Harper Lee uses great descriptors and try to show the values of the other dysfunctional families found in Maycomb: The Ewells are "the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations" in...

Words: 629 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Teaching Tolerance Through Empathy

...“To Kill a Mocking Bird”: Teaching Tolerance Through Empathy Mary Ellyn Fogarty December 8, 2012 America in the mid 1950’s and 1960’s was undergoing a profound social metamorphosis. Events such as, in 1954, the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, with the Supreme Court ruling public school segregation illegal, which many believe sparked the civil rights era, in 1956 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, “precipitating the Montgomery bus boycott, led by Martin Luther King Jr.” (To Kill a Mockingbird: Civil Rights Era, 2012), in 1957 federal troops were sent to Little rock Arkansas to protect nine African American students who were going white high school, per the court ordered desegregation of school, were challenging and for some forcing the way in which Americans lived, their beliefs and their treatment of African Americans that had been indoctrinated into their consciousness from the time they were born and many did not understand why this treatment was inappropriate, prejudice and unconstitutional. For some these changes were viewed as not an intrusion or criticism of their way of life but as...

Words: 3144 - Pages: 13

Premium Essay

Examples Of Bob Ewell Normal In To Kill A Mockingbird

...The Unseen Mockingbird Actions seen as normal by one may seem obscene or even radical to others. That’s because “normal is only the prejudices and reality you have taken in as a child” – Albert Einstein. In Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird there are many characters with odd personalities and are seen as bad people that are killing mockingbirds, when in fact they are the mockingbird that no one sees. Bob Ewell is unfairly judged by the characters in the book as well as the readers of the book. Bob Ewell is an unseen mockingbird. As a child Bob Ewell was more than likely was beaten and abused by his parents; and this reality was passed down to him because that reality was passed down to him. So the behavior seen as horrific by other characters may...

Words: 574 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

The Help

...This story begins with Aibileen taking care of two year old Mae, the daughter of Elizabeth Leefolt. Mae is now the seventeenth child that Aibileen has taken care of; her own son died when he was 24 when he got run over by a tractor at his work. Aibileen was like any normal black maid until she met Skeeter. Skeeter was not an average woman in Jackson, when they were only supposed to be wives; she wanted to be a writer. Instead of landing the job she wanted to as a journalist in New York, due to not enough experience, Skeeter works for the Jackson Journal answering cleaning questions. The help took place in 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. Aibileen Clark is a 50- year old black maid who spent her life raising white children. Her best friend "Minny Jackson" was a black maid as well and outspoken, possibly due to having work for such a long time for Hilly Holbrook's mother, Mrs. Walters, that they were very comfortable with each other. Minny had great cooking skills. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan was an independent thinking white woman who studied in "University of Mississippi" and as she returned after her graduation to her beloved childhood maid, Constantine. Skeeter found out that Constantine quit while she was away. She believed that Constantine wouldn't have left without writing to her. Skeeter's group attend college to find husbands; she is the only one who remains single and wants to pursue a writing career. She lands a job with the local paper as a "homemaker hints"......

Words: 708 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Examples Of Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

..."Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope” (National Legal Aid & Defender Association). To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee follows Scout, a young girl growing up in the middle of The Great Depression and seeing an incredible amount of injustice in her southern town. During this time period, segregation was still legal and the US was even deeper immersed in racism than it is today. Justice rivals fairness in To Kill A Mockingbird because of deep rooted prejudice in the novel’s society. Prejudice is evident throughout the novel, one specific example would be that Tom Robinson is not given the benefit of the doubt when he dies. This...

Words: 1235 - Pages: 5