To Kill a Mockingbird Review

The Book: The main theme or message the author wants us to get by reading this book is that you have to see people who they truly are. It starts with two little kids, Jem and Scout, and explains they’re trials and discoveries of a period of a couple years. Times are not easy for them or their father, Atticus, who is put to a very difficult task, but the family and the people of Maycomb county where they live. Over the years, people have come to love this book and everything it teaches. Though personally it wasn’t my favorite book I’ve ever read, due to the slowness of the many of the chapters, I did really love the point it gets across and I think everyone needs to learn this concept and work on it better in their daily lives. I would recommend this book to everyone to eventually read.

The Film: The movie for the book definitely includes all of the most important parts. It also portrayed the characters in a way that made perfect sense and helped me to learn their personalities a little bit better. It also helps watchers to feel the intensity of specific moments that they may not have felt while reading the book. The best scene is at the very end when you get to see the interaction between Scout and someone who was not particularity accepted in the community. It would have been nice to have seen more of Aunt Alexandra and the other ladies of Maycomb, just to emphasize how different the perspectives of the people were.  Other than that though, I enjoyed the movie and also think that it is a great thing for everyone to watch at some point in their lives.

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Good Stuff

On page 246, Miss Maudie is talking about the impact Atticus had made, and the fact that he was the only one that could have changed the peoples minds. She says, “We’re making a step.” It’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.” She mentions that it took the jury such a long time to decide the verdict, and points out that it may be the start of a movement. The minds of the people were still not completely changed, but Atticus made progress in helping them to really consider the innocence of Tom Robinson. Miss Maudie feels that though it is a little step they have made, it is still a step, and that was more than anyone else had made so far when it came to the the white people’s thoughts on the black people.

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An Authority on Courage – Rosa Parks

This is a very difficult decision, but it is ultimately up to you to decide which route you want to take. You have two choices, be brave and go for it, or back down and take the easy way out. Even when all odds are stacked up against you and it seems there’s no possible way you can win, you have to do what you know is the right thing and not be scared of the consequence. You have to believe in this thing so much that you have the courage to face whatever may happen afterwards, because if you don’t it won’t be worth the trouble. If you truly believe in something then there is nothing that can stop you from making whatever decision you make the right one.

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Real Courage

I have never thought about courage in this way before. but I really like the way Atticus explains it and I think it digs much deeper into what true courage is then how we normally use it. I’ve always defined courage as something scaring you or making you nervous but you do it anyways. Atticus is pretty much saying even when it seems like there is absolutely no hope, you still go for it and never give up. He’s saying it wont always work out but if you don’t have the courage to even try then there’s not even a possibility it could. I love this way of talking about courage.

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Persistance

I think this is a very risky thing of Atticus to do but it is also a really good thing. Winning isn’t always going to happen and if we are too scared to loose then we can never win when times get tough. I don’t think you should take things too far when you know the negative consequences that could follow, but doing what know is the right thing to do is always a good option. Atticus is very brave to put him and his family through this, and yes it will be hard on them, but he tells Scout that he won’t be the same person if he doesn’t do what he truly believes is the right thing. He needs to be considerate of his family, but he seems smart enough to be able to somewhat balance all the mess that is and will continue to be going on.

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To Kill A Mockingbird So Far

The book “To Kill A Mockingbird,” has been alright so far. It started out super boring and almost put me to sleep, but the last few chapters have been getting a little more interesting and make me a bit more motivated to read. I actually have some kind of desire to know about the mysterious Boo Radley and to have some explanations as to why all these weird things have been happening. I’ve heard from everyone whose read this book that it’s really good though, so I’m gonna stick with it and hope for the best that it can continue to keep me curious.

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Climbing Into Other People’s Skin

When Atticus tells tells Scout to “climb into other people’s skin,” he means she needs to put herself in their situation. She needs to understand how they might be feeling and take that into consideration when she is handling a situation with them. This will help her get along with people better because she is thinking of them as a human who feels things too, and not just another figure she is talking to. I try to do this as best I can because we should care about other people and want them to be happy, and sometimes we have to put ourselves in their spot to figure out what it might be that we could do to make them happy. I think people really notice when you really truly care about them and appreciate it more than you might ever know.

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Empathy

Empathy is the ability to feel what another person is feeling in a specific situation. It isn’t just being there for them, but also helping them through a possibly tough time because you actually know their pain and want whats best for them. People need it because people need to help each other out. Sometimes you just can’t go through things alone and having someone that cares, knows, and truly understands what you’re feeling is the best way to get through it. I think one of the best ways you can get it is by experiencing it. When you see someone having a hard time that maybe you’ve been through yourself,  you just have to be brave and hope that whatever you have to say will make a problem even just a little bit better.

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2nd Semester Goals and Aspirations!

Last semester, I was best at annotating and responding to the articles. I was also good at getting my assignments turned in on time. I definitely struggled with reading. I didn’t do very much of that. And my essays weren’t terrible but there is always room for improvement there too. I need to do better at not making dumb little mistakes like punctuation and capitals. This semester, I am going to read 5 books according to Mr. Greens standards. I am going to really look for books I might actually enjoy reading and read at home and not just in class.

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Design Thinking

This design thinking process breaks things down into a specific step by step process to help us better understand things. I think it is useful because it tells you exactly what to do in separate steps rather than overwhelming you with everything you have to do at once. I also things it helps because it is organized and to the point with what is required of you. This can do good for users by giving them an efficient and helpful way to figure out whatever question it is that they are presenting to a group of people. I think it works really well.