To Kill A Mockingbird Review

Overall I really liked To Kill A Mockingbird.  This book is about two young kids, Jem and Scout Finch. They are siblings and they have a neighbor that comes in the summer: Dill. They have exciting imaginations and play crazy games and get in trouble. It is also about the trial of a wrongly accused Negro. Tom Robinson was accused of something he didn’t do and Atticus defended him in court. During the summer, the kids look for Boo Radley, and during autumn, winter and spring they start to attend school. This book has had very good reviews ever since it was published. I think this book definately lives up to it’s reputation. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I didn’t think that I was going to like it very much because it was an assignment and it was required to read it, but if there was any required reading book that I have ever liked, it would be To Kill A Mockingbird.

However, the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird was also very good. I think that the movie portrayed Atticus very well which is very important because if you get Atticus wrong, the whole movie could just crash and burn. They did a very good job of getting the important things into the movie, although they did alter a few things. For the most part, the movie was very accurate. There were some things left out that I noticed, but that could be because movies are usually only around two hours long and they could not fit every little detail into the movie. One thing I didn’t like that much was Boo Radley, I pictured him much differently in the book than the actor they used in the movie. I would definately recommend the movie and the book to anyone.

Good Stuff

In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus is talking to the kids, and he says, “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance. Don’t fool yourselves–it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it. I hope it’s not in you children’s time.” This trial seemed to hit Atticus very hard. It definitely brought out the worst in most and the best in him. He definitely gave it his all even though he knew that they were not going to let Tom go. Atticus believes in being kind and just to everyone, not just to white people. He says, “…let me tel 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.” This is a very strong passage, because you never see Atticus get mad towards anyone and he is always calm and collected, but this trial really upset him because he wanted everyone else to treat the Negros how they deserve to be treated, just like everyone else. He knows that they deserve all the rights and everything if not more than what everyone else has. He strongly believes in truth and justice, and he wants it as much for the Negros as he does for himself.

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An Authority on Courage- Walt Disney

I think that Walt Disney is an Authority on Courage kind of person. If he were giving advice he would say, “Honestly, I think that you should do what you think is right. When I was young, I had to make a decision whether to sell my mouse, Mickey, to someone, and it didn’t seem like that big of a decision at the time, but look what came from that decision! Everything turned out just right from making that decision and going with what I wanted, not what anyone else wanted. If you are going through making a hard decision, make your own choices, don’t do if for anybody else, and take good care of yourself. If you’re not sure that you can do the right thing, then just do what you think is right. Don’t give into pressure from others or anything.” Walt Disney make a great and huge impact on the world, just by making a very small decision, but one that he thought was right. If anybody has to make a decision, he would probably say something that might sound kind of cheesy, I think he would say, “Follow your heart.”

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Real Courage

In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the ladies in the book; Mrs. Dubose, is a very courageous person. She fights through all her problems all the way up until her last minute. She may not have always been nice, but she was a very strong woman. Atticus’ definition of courage is, “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. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” I love Atticus’ view on courage because he is saying that it is someone that when they start something, they don’t finish until they’re done, they keep pushing through even if they know they are going to lose. For me, courage is getting up in the morning to the start of a new day. It is helping those in need and being kind to them and everyone else. It is smiling to people in the hall and waving to people you don’t know. Courage is important and it should be part of our everyday lives.

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Persistence

In “To Kill A Mockingbird” When Scout asks if they are going to win the Tom Robinson case Atticus says, “No, Honey,” and then goes on to say, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is not reason for us not to try to win.” He is talking about persistence and trying to help as much as you can even if you are not going to win either way. I think it is a good motive, to try your best even if you will not succeed. However, Atticus should not go so far as to loose something important to him. I think that it is good that he is trying to teach Scout not to get angry over anything that is said about him, and trying to teach her not to fight, but he shouldn’t sacrifice too much. I think that it is good that he is going to put in his time and effort to help this cause even though it is not going to succeed, but maybe he shouldn’t put his family through more than they can handle.

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To Kill a Mockingbird– so far

With the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee it has been pretty interesting so far. I like how it focuses on Scout and Jem and their life, and how there are small problems that they are always solving or creating. I like how it talks about their school life and I wish it would a little more. I like how Jem, Scout, and Dill are always making up games about the people they know and playing as though they were those people. So far I think the story is pretty good, but it could have a little something more. I like how in the book Dill and Jem are always so interested in finding out what Boo Radley does all day and I like how they are trying to be friends with him, and how Scout is always trying to stop them from getting in trouble. Overall, the book is really good, but I would probably enjoy it more if I got to read it on my own and not analyze it so much.

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Climbing Into Other People’s Skin

Scout and Atticus were talking about how Scout doesn’t want to go to school, and Atticus gave her some advice to, “Climb into his skin and walk around in it.” By saying this Atticus is telling Scout to look at things from her teachers perspective and to try to understand the teachers struggles. If Scout started to see things from other people’s perspectives it would help her a lot in life because she would start seeing their side of the story and not only hers. She would start to maybe agree with them and stop fighting against people so much. It would help her to have sympathy for the other person. I try to do this often so that arguments don’t start, but sometimes I am unwilling to see from another person’s perspective. It is definitely something I could work on. I think it is very helpful to see from other people’s point of view because then you can understand their argument a little better and try to come to a compromise.

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Empathy

Empathy is when someone has the same feelings as you and can relate to you. I think it is very important for everyone to have empathy because when you have empathy for someone you create strong bonds and friendships. When you don’t have empathy and you can’t relate to others then it is not as easy to get close friends. If you’re not very empathetic then the best way if  you want to relate to your friends is just to try to see it through their eyes. Just try to understand what they are going through and try to relate to their feelings no matter if they are happy or sad. One of the experiences I have had with empathy are when I am excited about seeing a new movie and some of my friends were seeing the same one and we all got really happy because we all saw the movie and it was really really good.

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2nd Semester Goals and Aspirations!

I think that one of the things I did fairly well in first semester was getting things in on time. I did better than I have before but of course there is still room for improvement. One of the things that I really need to improve on is making more time for reading. The reason I need to improve on reading is because during my day I did other non- essential things that took up my time and I also had other things going on like practicing for rehearsal, but this semester I want to make more time to read because I know that there are so many good books out there. Also I really need to work on my essays. I can write essays just fine but what they really need is for me to put more thought, time and effort into them. Overall, my main goal is to do more reading and to finish the 50 book challenge.

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Design Thinking

I think this process is a great way to create a product or give a presentation meeting what the audience wants to hear. I think one of the reasons we are starting to use it in English classes is to help us become better writers. The first step “Empathize” tells you to know what you are writing about. It is saying to know the topic and the second step is saying to define it and to address the problem. The third step is “Ideate,” which is brainstorming the possible solutions and finding the best one. The fourth step is “Prototype”. This would be like making a essay draft. Then the last step is to test. For that step you test your product to find out what works and what doesn’t and then you can improve and get a better design. I think this process could potentially be useful for me for writing essays and then you can get your teacher’s feedback and then you can revise and improve.