Upgrade to remove ads
To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes
Terms in this set (66)
"For a number of reasons," said Atticus. " The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again."
"People in their right minds never take pride in their talents."
Theme/ Atticus's character (talking about him shooting the dog)
"Atticus you must be wrong..." "How's that?" "Well, most folk seem to think they're right and you're wrong..."
"folks don't like to have somebody around known' more than they do. It aggravates 'em.
Calpurnia's character (talking about how she changes speech based on who she is around)
"When Aunt Alexandra went to school, self-doubt could not be found in any textbook, so she knew not its meaning."
Aunt Alexandra's Character
"Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off to...."
Boo Radley Facts
"The Ku Klux's gone," said Atticus. "It'll never come back."
Racism in the South
"He just has his blind spots along with the rest of us."
Atticus's Character (how he forgave Mr. Cunningham for being in the mob)
"All that little man on the witness stand had that made him any better then his nearest neighbors was, that if scrubbed with lye soap in very hot water, his skin was white."
One of Ms. Baratta's favorite quotes, tone-condemnation, diction-scrubbed
(talking about Mr. Ewell)
"I wondered if anybody had ever called her "ma'am," or "Miss. Mayella" in her life; probably not, as she took offence to routine courtesy.
"She says what her papa do to her don't count"
Mayella's character (part of Tom Robinsons description of the events)
You know the truth and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral some Negro men are not to be trusted around woman-black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.
Theme, Atticus's character (not racist)
Juries verdict reading
"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."
Scout says this in a conversation with Jem when they are trying to figure out Aunt Alexandra's obsession on how they are better, theme
"You are a fortunate girl. You live in a Christian home with Christian folks in a Christian town. Out there in J. Everett's land there's nothing but sin and squalor."
During the ladies meeting that Scout goes to, shows the hypocrisy of the church in Maycomb
The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back-no church baskets no scrip stamps.
He waited in till he was sure she was crying then he shuffled out of the building.
Burris Ewell talking to Ms. Caroline, Ewells Characteristics
Jem's head at times was transparent
Jem and Scout's relationship
Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a bottle in the hand of'oh, you father
Miss. Maudie to Scout, Atticus's Character, Maycomb's disease
Every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge, every passing Negro laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us.
Boo Radley, Scout Character
"Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work. Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker's Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place.
Maycomb's disease, Boo Radley
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens , don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
"Nothing is more deadly than an deserted, waiting street. The trees were still, the mockingbirds were silent, the carpenters at Ms. Maudie's house had vanished. "
Tim Johnson the dog about to be killed, mockingbird symbolism (they are quiet when the innocent are killed)
How could they do it, how could they?" "I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it- seems that only children weep. Good Night."
Mockingbird Symbolism (the innocent/mockingbirds are the only ones that notice when someone is killed, Atticus on the outcome of the trial to Jem
The feeling grew until the atmosphere in the courtroom was exactly the same as a cold February morning, when the mockingbirds were still, and the carpenters has stopped hammering on Miss. Maudie's new house, and every wood door in the neighbor hood was shut as tight as the doors of the Radely Place.
Scout's opinion on the atmosphere in the trial, talking about the day when Tim Johnson was killed, Mockingbird Symbolism
"High above us in the darkness a solitary mocker poured out his repertoire in blissful unawareness of whose tree he sat in..."
Mockingbird Symbolism (Mockingbirds/the innocent don't care about what society dictates)
"It was just him I couldn't stand," Dill said.
"That old Mr. Gilmer doin' him thataway, talking so hateful to him-"
Mockingbird Symbolism (Mockingbirds/the innocent don't care about what society dictates or thinks)
"Her face was the color of a dirty pillow-case and the corners of her mouth glistened with wet, which inched like a glacier down the deep grooves enclosing her chin."
Imagery of Ms. Dubose face
"Two geological ages later, we heard the soles of Atticus's shoes scrape the front steps"
Diction (geological ages), alliteration (s), Scouts character, tone
"I pulled at his sleeve, and we were followed up the sidewalk by a philippic on our family's moral degeneration, the major premise of which was that half the Finches were in the asylum anyway, but if our mother were living we would not have come to such a state."
As they passed under a streetlight, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem's hair, his one gesture of affection.
It was a gala occasion. There was no room at the public hitching station rail for another animal, mules and wagons were parked under every available tree.
Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That's what I don't like about it.
Atticus's Character, Maycombs disease
The varmints had a lean time of it, for the Ewells gave the dump a thorough gleaning every day, and the fruits of their industry (those that were not eaten) made the plot of ground around the cabin look like the playground of an insane child.
Ewells cabin/ Ewell's characterization, tone
One corner of the yard, though, bewildered Maycomb. Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums.
Mayella's Charactersation, repetition of trapped words, Ms. Baratta loves this line
In the frosty December dusk, their cabins looked neat and snug with pale blue smoke rising from the chimneys and doorways glowing with amber from the fires inside. There were delicious smells about: chicken, bacon frying crisp as the twilight air.
African american community characterization
"She says she never kissed a grown man before an' she might as well kiss a ******. She says what her papa do to her don't count."
She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with.
Diction, Atticus's closing statement
He's one of the Ewells, ma'am," and I wondered if this explanation would be as unsuccessful as my attempt, But Miss Caroline seemed willing to listen. "Whole school's full of 'em. They come the first day every year and then leave. The truant lady gets 'em here 'cause she threatens 'em with the sheriff, but she's give up tryin' to hold 'em.
Ewell family characterization
"As they passed under a streetlight, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem's hair, his one gesture of affection."
Scout doesn't realize how much of an amazing father Atticus is and how much he really loves her.
"I don't care one speck. It ain't right, somehow it ain't right to do 'em that way. Hasn't anybody got any business talkin' like that- it just makes me sick"
Mr. Gilmer has no respect towards Tom and repeatedly (7 times) called him boy while Tom was replying with "yes suh, no such"
"You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?"
Tom Robinson made 2 mistakes:
1) running away
2) saying he was sorry for her
"Mr. Underwood simply figured it was a sin to kill cripples, be them standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children, and Maycomb thought he was trying to write an editorial poetical enough to be reprinted in The Montgomery Advertiser.
Maycomb always makes or wants excuses for people who aren't racist. Another quotes who Mockingbird symbolism
Chapter 26 (Miss Gates speaking)
"That's the difference between America and Germany," she said. "Over here we don't believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution come from people who are prejudiced."
Scout latter on
"Well, coming out of the courthouse that night Miss Gates was- she was goin' down the steps in front of us, you musta not have seen her- she was talking with Miss Stephanie Crawford. I heard her say it's time somebody taught 'em a lesson, they were gettin' way above themselves, an' the next thing they can do is marry us. Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be so ugly about folks right at home-"
The hypocrisy in Maycomb
"Had her conduct been more friendly towards me, I would have felt sorry for her." (22)
Scout growing up, her at the beginning
"The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb." (31)
Why the Radleys were isolated
"Besides, I don't think he's still there. He died years ago and they stuffed him up the chimney. " (39)
The children's original superstition about Boo Radley
"But do you think I could face my children otherwise?" (88)
Why Atticus takes the case, Atticus's character
"'n' all of a sudden, he just relaxed all over, an' it looked like that gun was part of him..." (97)
Atticus's character, and hidden talent
"I wanted you to see what real courage is...Its when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." (112)
Mrs. Dubose, Real courage, why Atticus sent Jem
"That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me." (125)
Calpurnia's character/double life
"Somewhere I had recieved the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had." (130)
How Scout was raised to think of people and how she is comparing this to Aunt Alexandra's impression that fine folk were people who had been squatting on one patch of land for a long time
"Then he rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood." (141)
Jem growing up
"That proves something-that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human." (157)
Stopping the lynch mob
"All the little man on the witness stand had that made him any better than his nearest neighbors was, that if scrubbed with lye soap in very hot water, his skin was white." (171)
Mr. Ewell Characterization
"The witnesses for the state...have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted, confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption-that *all* Negroes lie, that
witnesses for the state...have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted, confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption-that *all* Negroes lie, that *all* Negro men are not to be trusted around women..." (204)
Atticus on the fact that not all black people are bad
"But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men." (204)
Atticus on the 'evil-ness' of Tom Robinson
"I saw something only a lawyer's child would be expected to see, could be expected to watch for, and it was like watching Atticus walk into the street, raise a rifle to his shoulder and pull the trigger, but watching all the time knowing that that gun was empty." (211)
Scout on the hopelessness of the case
"They were all standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet..."Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing." (211)
The black community respecting Atticus
"Atticus grinned when he found a jar of pickled pig knuckles. 'Reckon Auntie'll let me eat these in the dining room?'" (213)
The black community's appreciation of Atticus.
"Atticus's eyes filled with tears. He did not speak for a moment. 'Tell them I am grateful,' he said." (213)
Atticus appreciating the black community's appreciation of him.
"And I thought to myself, well we're making a step-it's just a baby step, but it's a step." (216)
Miss Maudie's view on the case
"This was all 'round the back steps when I got here this morning. They-they 'preciate what you did Mr. Finch..."
Calpurnia talking about all of the food people have given Atticus
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
Atticus Character and advice/morals
He looks at Mr. Ewell on the witness stand, "As if he were a three-legged chicken or a square egg."
Judge Taylor's personal opinion on the case
"It would be kind of like shooting a mockingbird
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...
english midterm- to kill a mockingbird
Of Mice & Men Key Quotes
Of Mice and Men Study Questions (Whole book)
Literary Devices In the Hobbit
OTHER SETS BY THIS CREATOR
Biochem Exam Two
Biomaterials Exam Two
Biochem Exam One
THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH...
Theatre High School Vocabulary Words
High School Placement Test Vocabulary Wo…
To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes
High School words