Analyze the relationship between Boo Radley and the children. How does this relationship change throughout the book? What are the causes of the developments in this relationship?
Discuss the concept of fear as presented in the novel. Compare the children's early fear of Boo Radley to their fear or lack thereof when Bob Ewell attacks them. Is Scout correct in stating that real fear can only be found in books?
Discuss the concept of family and Lee's presentation of the American family. What does it consist of?
Although critized openly, Atticus is respected throughout the town of Maycomb. Why is this true?
Discuss the concept of education. Does Lee argue for a dominance of education in the home or institutionalized education? What evidence does she provide?
Trace the theme of the mockingbird throughout the novel and analyze what the bird symbolizes or represents.
Trace Boo Radley's development from monster to savior. How does Scout's understanding of Boo develop? What lessons does Boo teach Scout?
Discuss Atticus's approach to parenting. What is his relationship with his children? Can his parenting style be criticized? If so, how?
Scout and Jem mature considerably through the course of the novel. What developmental changes do they go through, and what causes these changes?
Discuss the town of Maycomb as you might discuss a main character in the book. What is the identity or "character" of the town, and how (if at all) does it change and grow over the years? How does its diversity give it a pluralistic character?
Discuss law as it is represented in To Kill A Mockingbird. What power and limitations exist within the legal system according to Atticus, Jem, and Scout?
1. Analyze the childhood world of Jem, Scout, and Dill and their relationship with Boo Radley in Part One.
2. How do Jem and Scout change during the course of the novel? How do they remain the same?
3. What is Atticus’s relationship to the rest of Maycomb? What is his role in the community?
4. Discuss the role of family in To Kill a Mockingbird, paying close attention to Aunt Alexandra.
5. Examine Miss Maudie’s relationship to the Finches and to the rest of Maycomb.
6. Discuss the author’s descriptions of Maycomb. What is the town’s role in the novel?
7. Analyze the author’s treatment of Boo Radley. What is his role in the novel?
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To Kill a Mockingbird (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)