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To Kill a Mockingbird Review

To Kill a Mockingbird is about life in the South (1940s) and a certain possible story that seemed to repeat itself during this time in history. Blacks were always persecuted and looked down upon, no matter their character. This story is about two children, Jem and Scout, raised by their single father, Atticus. Atticus teaches them good philosophies that make the children different from normal people in their community. He is a lawyer who is called to defend a black man for rape. He struggles to believe they will win the case but stays courageous as he defends an innocent man. I like the messages in the book but sometimes the plot would get complicated. Like their is a random shady dude named Boo and for some reason he is an important character but I don’t know why. The book just seems hard to grasp by myself and I would like it better if it was written more modernly. I think this book could live up to its reputation, but it seems that only adults and people with complicated minds love it more than they love ice cream.

The film seemed strangely similar to the book. It was almost exactly how I visualized it so it was nice to see onscreen. I think it was a little awkward in some moments, but that may be because it was created in the 60s or 70s, so I would be interested in how Hollywood could recreate it today. It didn’t have Aunt Alexandra and I think she’s an important character. I also wished to have seen more of a different approach or perspective to the story because it was almost exactly like the book and I wanted something different. I would recommend this to anyone who has patience to watch a kinda anticlimatic movie and wants to see how the book plays out in real life.

Good Stuff

“Tellin’ the truth’s not cynical is it?” — “The way you tell it, it is” (p. 244). This is a conversation between Dill and Aunt Alexandra. Dill was explaining the things his Aunt Rachel does (that he doesn’t like) and Alexandra made it sound like he was being rude. This kind of controversy happens all the time in this world. A child’s innocent, truthful words can sound like hateful words when someone shoots it down, like Alexandra. She seems to disapprove of everything the kids do and there are some adults out there who do the same. I feel like so many times we can’t do anything right for parents/teachers/leaders etc. And for some people everything that comes out of my mouth is wrong. When adults (or even peers) accuse me of doing something I didn’t intentionally do, just because they assume, I get really frustrated and feel victimized. This is probably how Dill feels in this circumstance. He feels like he didn’t have the chance to explain himself and Alexandra wasn’t taking the time to understand his view. This is a very relatable topic and that’s why I picked it, but it also seems to happen a lot in the book. I think there might be a pattern of this, when someone doesn’t fully understand the perspective of another before criticizing them.

An Authority on Courage – Diana Prince of the Amazons

I had a decision to make. Let the world crumble or fight. But in my mind I had only one option and that was to fight. I didn’t know how I could help or how long I would live but I knew that I needed to stop what was going on in the world. I didn’t let anyone tell me what to do or stop my efforts to fight for what I believed in. Persistence was my only hope. And that’s what helped me stop the war. You need to stay with it. No matter what, don’t give up. And your heart will know what to do in a situation that seems inescapable. Some decisions you will make may be difficult but you need to follow your instincts. I love this theme song that’s playing in the background WONDER WOMAN courage is my middle name words words words I killed Aries you can do anything you set your mind to words words words stunts stunts.

Real Courage

Atticus is saying that courage is when you do something that might not work out but you still pursue it. When you try your hardest, even if you don’t succeed. Having the strength to fight even if you fall is being courageous. He is teaching Jem that even though he didn’t want to read to Mrs Dubose, he still did it and he learned a lot from it, especially how to have the courage to do what’s right. He put forth his best efforts and that’s all that matters, even if the reading didn’t benefit anyone. This is similar to my own beliefs of courage because I know that it’s having integrity and the desire to do what’s right, even if you are doing it alone. Never giving up and working towards your goal, even if you don’t reach it. Persistence and the ability to do what’s right is true courage.

Persistence

I think it wouldn’t be worth it to try if you know you’re gonna lose. He’s risking so much to defend a negro, so why try when you know there’s no chance of winning. However, I do think there could be a possibility of winning, because Atticus is a clever man. He knows so much, and I think he could know how to win this case. And if this is the only way to support his family, he should keep persisting. He’s sacrificing so much, including the respect his family has for him and the neighbor kids have for his children. But who knows, maybe this will all be worth it. Obviously there is a slim chance of winning, but I have hope that something miraculous will happen. Atticus is a good man who is willing to sacrifice for the welfare of his kids. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing that Atticus is putting this on his family, but I do know that he is an intelligent man and won’t give up, even if he knows there’s no point in trying.

To Kill A Mockingbird–So Far

I think it’s a pretty good book for the most part. It’s finally starting to pick up speed with the story and some things are getting interesting but it’s still very different to what I’m used to. The language is unusual and the kids are weird. I don’t understand what the kids are trying to do, but they seem to find enjoyment in dumb things. Like finding old things left in a tree. I haven’t seen any reason why this book is a classic, but I think we’re getting there. I’m not sure what this has to do with racism in the south, but I assume it’s close. I like and dislike that it’s different from what we’re used to, but it’s getting old and I want something exciting to happen already.

Climbing Into Other’s People’s Skin

When Atticus tells Scout about seeing things from other’s point of view, or “climb into his skin”, he’s teaching her a life lesson that she will use for the rest of her life. He’s telling her that maybe Miss Caroline doesn’t know how to teach 1st graders and she’s trying her best, even if it seems like she’s treating Scout poorly. Learning to see things through different perspectives can make you more aware of those around you and their behavior. You can have a better understanding of why people act certain ways. Sometimes I try to do this but I think I struggle a lot. I assume most of the time and it hinders me from seeing the background of someone’s actions. I think I can work on this skill of climbing into others skin by being more understanding and less judgmental.

Empathy

Empathy is similar to sympathy, but more understanding. It means you have experienced a situation similar to someone and you can relate to them. Most empathetic people do a good job comforting and helping others when they are in tough situations. I think empathy is one of the biggest ways to unite us as humans, because we can understand one another. If you don’t have empathy the only solution I can give you is go experience things. Find out what it’s like to struggle, be in pain, find joy, be hopeful and hopeless. Odds are, by the time we reach adulthood, we will have known what all of these feelings are like. I think that I can be empathetic to others, especially when it comes to being treated poorly by friends and other people. That’s why I try to never be rude or embarrass anyone, even little kids. Because I know what it’s like to be made fun of for my many blonde moments and I can understand what it’s like for others. I think I can still work on empathy and trying to view things through different eyes.

2nd Semester Goals and Aspirations

I think I have improved on my essay skills since the beginning of the year, and last year of course, and I am more aware of my thoughts and analytics as I’m reading or writing. I kept my grade at an A for most of the semester and tried to stay caught up with my work. I still struggle with understanding exactly what Mr Green wants from us, and sometimes I barely miss the target he has set for us. I think I should ask more questions (and listen to his answers to other’s questions), make sure I know exactly what he’s looking for and try my best to reach those expectations. I think this could help me in many ways as we dive into next semester !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!