To Kill A Mockingbird Review

Now that I have finished the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, I am going to write what  I think about it. My teacher told us this book is about social equality. And for the main part of the book I didn’t understand that. There is barely anything even remotely about black people until about halfway through the book. But now that I’ve read it, i realize that lots of the things at the beginning really are about equality, the author just doesn’t hit it as head on as she does late. I really liked this book. Reading it made me think more about what the author was thinking, instead of the story. This is probably because we read it in school and teachers like us to think about that kind of stuff, to go deeper. For example, instead of thinking about what Scout is thinking, I was more thinking about what Harper Lee was thinking. I’m not sure how much I liked thinking that way. I didn’t get into the story as much, but I think I got more insight to what I was supposed to get out of the book.

We watched the movie during class too. I think it was made really well. I think the actors played their parts very well, i may even say, splendidly. I especially like the actor for Atticus. That actor really portrayed what Atticus is in my mind. I think that the movie also got all of the main parts. Normally when I watch movies that are made from a book, I am super dissapointed because they left out all the important pieces of the story, or the plot is completely changed. But in to kill a mockingbird, i think they got all of the right stuff in there and did very well over all.

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Good Stuff

I chose the quote, “We’re making a step.” It’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step”. I really like this quote. Because I think that any step forward is progress. And if you take enough baby steps, eventually you will get where you want to go.

Ok, i don’t want to go all churchy or anything, but i do want to say something that I heard in church the other day. My religious leader said that even if you are not moving backwards, if you are not moving at all, that is taking you backwards. That’s not an exact quote, and I didn’t say it exactly right, but i think you get the gist. If you are not moving forward, even if it is baby steps, you are moving backward.

Another thing he has said is that you are “always becoming.” That everything that you do is taking you down one path or another, based on your decisions. In “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Miss Maudie says that quote. She is referring to the stand against racism. And that even though Atticus is going to lose the trial, it is still a baby step in the right direction.

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An Authority on Courage-Rosa Parks

(Rosa Parks speaking to my friend who is trying to make a hard decision that will take a lot of courage.)

“Ok, man. I had to make a decision that took a lot of courage. I lived in a time where everything was segregated. My courageous act is known as the “bus boycott.” I was forced to sit on the black part of the bus everyday, and the white people have their own, better, side. But when the white side fills up, I have to give up my seat for a stuck up white person to sit in. I have to give up my hard, squeaky uncomfortable seat for some snooty white lady looking down her nose at me like i’m trash. Like I’m nothing. One day, I had had enough. I deserve to not have sore feet for a day! So when I was told to give up my seat, I said no sir! Now, that decision took a lot of courage. And I was even put in jail for a time. But despite that, I am proud that I made the right decision. My one piece of advice to you is, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” (actual quote from Rosa Parks)

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Real Courage

I think I agree with Atticus’s definition of courage. It takes so much courage to do something when you know you’re probably going to fail. A quote that i have that goes along with that is from the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Dumbledore says, “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”  And I agree. I think that courage is not just being brave, it’s doing something that is even harder. Like trying when you know you are going to fail, or standing up to your friends. That is real bravery. And that is so much harder than holding up a gun, like Atticus says. Because when a man is holding up a gun, I would think he is almost hiding behind it. Hoping that it will protect him. Real courage is when you are depending on yourself.

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Persistance

Atticus know he is going to lose the court case, but says he has to try anyway, what do I think about it? because it is coming at the cost of his family being made fun of.

Well, I think it depends on what point Atticus is trying to make. And the reasons why he is still trying. I would assume that he is the kind of guy that believes strongly in treating people fairly. Many people have said things about him that prove that he is a good person that likes fairness. And he is a lawyer, so he should treat everyone fairly. But I think that everyone else thinks that black people aren’t “people” like white people are. They don’t deserve the same rights and privilages. But Atticus thinks that they do. And that is the point I think he is trying to make. That no matter who you are, you should be given the same chances as everyone else.

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To Kill a Mockingbird—So Far

I like it. I have read it before, but I was pretty little so I didn’t understand it very well. So this time around is a lot better. This is my Dad’s favorite book ever, so I was kind of expecting it to be kinda boring. Not to insult my dad, he just likes a lot different books than me.

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most well known books there is. I’ve heard a lot about it from my family, and they all love it. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it yet. I think I would like it a lot more if we weren’t reading it in school. Reading for school tends to take the fun out of it. And anaylizing, and anotating, and all the other big word that we’re doing maks me think about it critically, not really as a book that I want to enjoy.

But i do think it is interesting and entertaining. And I’m excited to see how equality and stuff fits in to the story so far.

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Climbing Into Other People’s Skin

Climbing into another person’s skin is really just seeing things as another person can see it. It is seeing their point of view, like Atticus says. It is like our word of the week, empathy. The definition is, “the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.” So climbing into another person’s skin is being empathetic. It is understanding how they feel by putting yourself in their situation. Scout doing this will help her get along with people more because she will be more patient and understanding towards others. She will be not as judgmental and be able to get where they are coming from. I have done this before. I admit that I should do it more often. But when I do do it, I am able to get how the other person is feeling. And i think this helps this person understand you more as well. Because if you take the time to understand them, they will want to take the time to understand you.

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Empathy

Empathy in my mind is different then just feeling bad for a person. It’s really caring about what they are feeling, not just pretending. A lot of people confuse sympathy and empathy. But they are very different. Sympathy is recognizing someone else’s feelings, but not really being about to grasp their true feelings. Empathy is when your understanding comes from a mutual experience with this person. When you have actually felt what that person is feeling.

There is a book series called “The Books of Bayern,” and they used to be some of my favorite books. But the last one, “Forest Born”, I like so much more than the other ones. Because I can empathize with the main character so much more than in the other ones. All of the books are about a different person, and I think the last one’s personality is most like mine. All of the hardships and complications she goes through I have too in a way. So that book impacts me a lot more then all of the others, because when she is sad, then i am sad. And when she is happy, I am happy. That is empathy.

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2nd Semester Goals and Aspirations

I think the thing I did best in this class was the blog posts. I think that I was able to actually write about what  want to, and that made it more meaningful and interesting to read. Although I think my conventions on my blog posts could have been better, I think overall that is what I did best at.

I struggled the most with getting all my work done during class. I  think I wasn’t as focused as I should have been, and I need to work on that. Especially when we were working on our essays during class. Writing doesn’t come super naturally to me. I have to be in the right mood and setting to really write my best. So that results in me not writing much in class, and trying to catch up once I get home. But then i usually end up behind and needing to catch up.

My goal this semester is to finish all of my work during class. And on the occasion that i don’t finish, I will do it right when I get home.

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Design Thinking

As we have been working on our poetry presentations, we have had to used the process called “design thinking.” This is a process to encourage evaluation and improvement to our assignment. I creates a structure to the way we are thinking through this assignment, and it helps it be more proffessional because it is more thought through.

I think this process helped me as I did this project, because it actually made me think about what I was doing. I think a lot of times when I am completed an assignment, I am just doing it to get it done, and I don’t actually learn anything. But uses designed thinking required me to think about it, and I have to learn something. It requires that you go back and fix your mistakes based on feedback, and although we didn’t actually have to do that, I think that in my future life and or career, this could be very useful. This way I will actually improve instead of getting something done, and just leaving it at that.

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