To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Chapter 1: To Kill a Mockingbird begins, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow?When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out” (9). Only after one finishes Mockingbird does the significance of Jems broken arm become apparent. How did it happen Harper Lee refers to the subject only one other time at the end of the book, turning her attention instead to describing the setting and introducing her main characters. Through six-year old Scout, her narrator, Lee draws an affectionate and detailed portrait of Maycomb, Alabama, a small, sleepy, depression-era town. She writes, “People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer.

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