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To Kill A Mockingbird by Mind Map: To Kill A Mockingbird
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To Kill A Mockingbird

Written by Harper Lee in 1960

Plot Points

-Dill comes to Maycomb to spend the summer; Jem and Scout befriend him and they all wonder about the Radley House

-the next summer, Dill returns and the kids daringly go to the Radley home in which Jem loses his pants; he later gets them back, sewn and fixed up randomly; they also start receiving and finding little gifts mysteriously

-Atticus defends a black man by the name of Tom Robinson in a trial; Tom was accused of rape against Mayella Ewell; Bob Ewell is the man who is pressing charges

-Atticus finds out the whole accusation is a scam; Bob set Tom up when he found out he and Mayella were having an affair; Bob accused Tom of rape to cover up the guilt and shame Mayella would have gotten for being close to a black man

-despite all evidence, Tom gets convicted and goes to prison; while trying to escape, he gets caught and killed

-later on, Bob plans revenge on Atticus by attacking Jem and Scout on Halloween as they are walking home; Boo saves the children by stabbing Bob

-when Boo returns Jem and Scout to Atticus, the police cover up the stabbing by saying that Bob fell on his own knife accidently; Scout sees Boo as a good person and begins to reconsider the good and bad within a human

Main Characters

Scout Finch-protagonist; young tomboy girl; adventurous; daughter of Atticus; sister of Jem; friend of Dill and Calpurnia; intelligent despite age

Jem Finch-older brother to Scout; son to Atticus; friends with Dill and Calpurnia

Atticus Finch-father of Jem and Scout; widow; known lawyer in Maycomb; very wise and insightful; cares about equality and justice

Dill-summertime pal to Jem and Scout; daring enough to go near the Radley house; imaginative and confident

Calpurnia-cook for the Finch family; takes care of Jem and Scout during the trial; very stern and strict at times

Boo Radley-known as the neighborhood creep; hermit-like qualities; a good man rumored to have evil ways

Other Important Characters

Bob Ewell-father to Mayella; racist in the worst of ways; insensitive; ignorant; accuses innocent Tom Robinson for rape against his daughter, Mayella

Mayella Ewell-daughter of Bob Ewell; unhappy; abused; mistreated by her father; goes along with the conviction of Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson-young black worker; accused of raping Mayella; like Boo Radley, an innocent man condemned by the evil of society's rumor

Miss Maudie-neighbor of the Finch family; has a bitter side; agrees with the justice of Tom; supports Atticus throughout the trial

Themes

Social Inequalities

The Difference between Right and Wrong

Symbols

Mockingbirds

Boo Radley

Other Literary Elements

Tone

Foreshadowing