At the end of the book, Scout says that telling people Boo Radley committed the murder would have been "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird." What does that mean?
In the last few lines of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout says, "He was real nice..." and Atticus replies, "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them." Do you agree that most people in the novel are nice after they're "seen?" How is Atticus able to see the good side of people despite all he has experienced?
Why is it a sin to kill a mocking bird? How does this apply to the novel? How does this apply to the world?(be specific)
What are your group’s final thoughts about the novel? Did you enjoy it or not? Why? (Be sure to be specific about which portions)
Language is a powerful tool in this novel. The language of the children, the eloquence of Atticus and the language of the townspeople reflect their attitudes and often their prejudices. What lessons does Atticus attempt to teach Scout about the use of racial slurs?
Many of the characters in the novel hold stereotypes about how individuals will behave as a result of their age, gender, race, social status, etc. Which characters are the victims of stereotyping? Do any of them break through the behavior expected of them, showing individuality and exposing the falseness of labeling people?
Now that we have viewed A Time to Kill, identify 6 connections between the novel and the movie. Be specific with your answers.
Authors use specific dialect to develop characters. What is distinct about the dialect that Harper Lee has chosen for characters in the novel? How does the author use dialect to further characterization of at least to distinctly different characters?
What do you think of Aunt Alexandra? Did your opinion of her change during the book? Can you understand why she was concerned with Atticus' parenting?
Why is Scout's innocent voice so important in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?
The novel has frequently been banned for use in schools because of racial content, tension, and slurs. Do you think the book is appropriate for use in schools? Do you think the novel reinforces or deconstructs racist attitudes? Why or why not?
Identify a symbol in the novel, and explain what it symbolizes/represents.
Atticus tells the children several times that they must walk in someone else's shoes before judging that person. Describe times when Atticus, Scout or Jem walked in someone else's shoes. Does this change how they viewed the situations? What role does this advice play in sympathy and compassion?
At one point, Jem describes four kinds of "folks" in Maycomb County: "Our kind of folks don't like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don't like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the colored folks." What does To Kill a Mockingbird teach us about how people cope with issues of race and class? Do you classify people in your world as different "folks?" Do you see these sort of distinctions today?
Why does Scout beat up Walter? Why does Calpurnia scold Scout? What does it reveal about Calpurnia’s role in the Finch household? What do Atticus’s comments about the Ewell family and the law suggest about his view of justice?