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Below are links to sites that will help you understand and think about To
Kill a Mockingbird
. They are not meant to be used as substitutes for the
novel. They only help when used along with the novel. They will not help you
on reading comprehension quizzes. Pay attention to the analyses on these pages.
They should help to start getting ideas about the book. Ignore all advertisements
on the following sites.
Many readers might call into mind the story from Genesis 39: 7-20.
You can find different translations at Bible
Compare the following Genesis passage to the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird
where Mayella Ewell tries to seduce Tom Robinson.
"7 And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and
said, "Lie with me." 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife,
"Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house,
and he has put everything that he has in my hand; 9 he is not greater in this
house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because
you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against
God?" 10 And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not
listen to her, to lie with her or to be with her. 11 But one day, when he
went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there
in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me."
But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and got out of the house. 13
And when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled out
of the house, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them,
"See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to insult us; he came in to me
to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice; 15 and when he heard that
I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled and
got out of the house." 16 Then she laid up his garment by her until his
master came home, 17 and she told him the same story, saying, "The Hebrew
servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me; 18 but
as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and
fled out of the house." 19 When his master heard the words which his
wife spoke to him, "This is the way your servant treated me," his
anger was kindled. 20 And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison,
the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison."
Revised Std Ver as found on Bible.com
Literature is merely one piece of humanities. The nice thing about literature,
especially a novel like To Kill a Mockingbird, is that it deals with
themes that are dealt with in other artistic areas.
Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell
- Click on link and look at Rockwell's 1964 painting. Analyze the title
of the painting and what is going on in the painting. Compare it to
what is portrayed in TKAM. The painting, as you can read in
the little history that is given, portrays a real event: Ruby Bridges,
an African-American student being escorted to an all-white school.
Read the following poems, and think about what theme(s) they share with the
Look at the song lyrics of the following songs, and think about what theme(s)
they share with the nvoel TKAM. In your project,
you can find more songs that share themes with the novel. We will listen to
most of these throughout the unit.
This American Life:
American Life is a radio program from WBEZ,
National Public Radio in Chicago. It is 91.5 FM on our radio. We listened
to some of the stories--e.g., "Squirrel Cop"--when we were working
on personal narratives. The show chooses a theme and then presents different
stories on the theme. The following are a few that complement To Kill
a Mockingbird well. Listen to them, and think about what themes they
share with the novel. Also, these are mostly modern examples, so think about
how the themes in the novel are played out today.
Player is needed.
Mr. B. Lettiere's English on the Web: To Kill a Mockingbird Website