What is courage? What does it mean to you? Are you courageous? Why or why not?
Read chapter 10
Analyzing Symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird
Directions: For each of the following symbols provide an explanation of who or what the symbol represents.
Symbol 1: The Mockingbird (Chapter 10)
“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
“Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
Symbol 2: Tim Johnson, the Mad Dog (Chapter 10)
“. . . I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.”
Read chapter 11
Chapter 11 Questions
- Jem cuts the tops off of Mrs. Dubose’s Camilla plants. Why?
- Atticus explains to the children why he considered Mrs. Dubose to be a “great lady” and a brave person. How is this symbolically relevant to why he is defending Tom Robinson?
- Page 112: Reread the paragraph beginning, “She was. She had her own views….” What theme does Harper Lee present here? How?
- Why does Jem cry when he receives the camellia?