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To kill a mocking bird, Essential Revision Notes

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Deirdre McCarton

To Kill a Mocking Bird

About the Author...

DeirdreMcCarton has taught English, History and Geography to Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students at all levels since 1992.

In this time she has gained significant insight into the difficulties experienced by Students approaching and during the State Examinations. Deirdre has also gained a strong understanding of the examination and correction process as an assistant examiner for the Department Education and Science in English and History.

She has been involved in lecture series providing students with revision aids and model answers for senior English, History and Geography and has also conducted Christmas and Easter courses in the above mentioned subjects.


Context 1

Plot Overview 2

Contents 3

Characters 4

Jean Louise “Scout” Finch - 4

Atticus Finch 5

Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch 6

Arthur “Boo” Radley 7

Bob Ewell 7

Charles Baker “Dill” Harris 7

Miss Maudie Atkinson 7

Calpurnia 8

Aunt Alexandra 8

Mayella Ewell 8

Tom Robinson 8

Link Deas 8

Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose 8

Nathan Radley 8

Heck Tate 9

Mr. Underwood 9

Mr. Dolphus Raymond 9

Mr. Walter Cunningham 9

Walter Cunningham 9

Themes 10

Motifs 12

Symbols 13

Summary And Analysis 14

Chapter 1 14

Chapters 4–6 19

Chapters 7–8 22

Chapters 9–11 25

Chapters 9–11 28

Chapters 14–15 31

Chapters 16–17 34

Chapters 18–19 36

Chapters 20–22 39

Chapters 23–25 42

Chapters 26–27 45

Chapters 28–31 47

Writing Exam Answers 52

Typical Exam Question 54

Key points to study: 56

Sample Answer 58


Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama, a very small town similar in many ways to Maycomb, the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. Like Atticus Finch, the father of Scout, the narrator and protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s father was a lawyer. Among Lee’s childhood friends was the novelist Truman Capote, from whom she drew inspiration for the character Dill. “People are people anywhere you put them,” she declared in a 1961 interview.

Yet the book’s setting and ...

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