To Kill a Mockingbird THE POST

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Scout on the left, Atticus in the middl and Jem on the righ. The Finch Family

To Kill a Mockingbird is a book all about the good and the bad of society focusing a lot on childhood innocence as well as racism in the south. It does this through the lens of Jem, and Scout Finch who are the children of Atticus Finch. As I read the book I looked closely at the character Atticus Finch, and what I found is that he is the most consistent and moral character in the history of everything, that is until the end of the book.

Essentially Atticus Finch is an attorney who has taken up the case of defending a free

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Tom Robinson is on the left…..if you couldnt tell already….

African-American by the name of Tom Robinson. He has been accused of Raping Bob Ewell’s Daughter. This case is the main conflict of the story, the rest of it is in my opinion irrelevant and serves little to no purpose so I will ignore it in this post for the most part.

The case has three identifiable parts in the book, the pre-court, court, and the post-Court. In each part something different about society and racism is explored, with each part having something significant happen to every character.

First we will explore the main attraction of the pre-court part, in which Tom Robinson is to be murdered without a court case because of a mob of towns folk. This event is extremely significant for the character of scout who is maybe the dumbest character in all of fiction and somehow doesn’t get the severity of the situation. Instead of treating it as a mob going to lynch someone she sees a familiar face in the crowd who her father, Atticus, has been helping with legal matters. She just starts talking to him about his son that she knows and asks him how those legal matters where coming along. Somehow the universe thought that was enough to disperse a whole mob…..duh….. Jem on the other hand stands by his father because he has decided he wants to be more like a man even though he is just thirteen years old.

But More importantly in that scene you see the first example of difference in the good and bad of society. This is displayed through Jem and Scout as well as Atticus, Jem and Scout stand their ground against the evil mob that represents the fear and hatred of a racist southern society. Atticus characteristically stands firm and tries convincing the mob to leave by talking about morals because he is a lawyer if at this point in the book we did not already know.  We can see the good of society shown in Atticus and eventually after little to no convincing from scout we can see a sign of good in the mob as they disperse, they decided against their corrupt actions showing that despite their hatred they have good in them.

The court case is the biggest example of the good and bad in society in the whole book because *SPOILER ALERT* they don’t like black people and they convict Tom. That verdict is thought to be inevitable by most of the town and yet Atticus does his best to change the mind of the jury and at the end of the court session Atticus goes out of character in his closing remarks as described by Jem and Scout.

“Atticus paused, then he did something he didn’t ordinarily do. He unhitched his watch and chain and placed them on the table, saying, “With the court’s permission—” Judge Taylor nodded, and then Atticus did something I never saw him do before or since, in public or in private: he unbuttoned his vest, unbuttoned his collar, loosened his tie, and took off his coat. He never loosened a scrap of his clothing until he undressed at bedtime, and to Jem and me, this was the equivalent of him standing before us stark naked. We exchanged horrified glances.”

– Chapter 20 To Kill a Mockingbird

4f28158bf8f91c3245c72cf5dd3f9801The shocked children say it all, this is not something Atticus just does meaning that this moment in the book is unique. Atticus seems to be fed up, angry even by the way he addresses the whole courtroom pointing out that this case is about racism and not rape. In the middle of that speech he starts sweating, ounce again something that the children point out to be a first. Atticus seems to be truly furious considering how out of character he acts. He speaks for about 3 pages, here they if you want to read them (pages 207-209); you can feel his tone of voice change from other times he is speaking.

Post court case Atticus once again sees good in society, when explaining to Atticus how juries work and why the verdict ended up the way it did he revealed that the jury argued for more than the usual couple minutes. They even had one member, a Cunningham, a commonly known racist family, fight to acquit Tom. This once again explores more of the good in society idea in the book.

Then at the very end of the book Atticus does something extremely out of character that I actually don’t know how to explain. When Bob Ewell feels he has been humiliated by Atticus in the courtroom he attempts to kill Jem and Scout with a knife. They find Bob

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Boo Radley….Looks like a drug addict….just a bit

Ewell dead instead meaning one of the kids or Boo Radley a Character that for some reason now shows up out of nowhere killed Bob. Despite Atticus’s protests he gives in to the Sheriff and agrees to cover it up and lie. This marks another change in his character that has occurred.

Atticus Finch is a fairly static character whom is regarded at the beginning as an entirely cool-headed and moral character, in the end he changed showing both the good and the bad in humanity in both the people of Maycomb and one of our main Characters, Atticus Finch.

Personally I did not enjoy the book, I felt it had a lot of irrelevant content, Most of part 1 could have been skipped over and we would still have an interesting storyline considering how much of the book consists of the pre, during, and post-trial.

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Well here is a different sort of blog post, for my English class we had to do a final project for Huckleberry Finn and I wanted to create some sort of satire that played off of the satire found in the novel. I was particularly interested in adapting the part of the book when Buck Grangerford explains to Huck what a feud is. I thought that putting a modern political twist on the section would make for an interesting piece.

I played with satirizing how we use social media to voice our political reasons and talk about them instead of talking in real life. This mainly came from our current president’strumptwitter-zyglis fondness for tweeting whatever comes into his head about politics. I also threw in some satire of the media where I had Huck Finn as for his viewers to subscribe to his Youtube channel and watch his videos and give him money to show how people make money off  others people’s lives, and stories, and show how selfish that practice can be sometimes.

Here is a small section of what I wrote, If you would like to read the rest you can click here.

Huck:
A feud? What you talking about???

Buck:
You ain’t never heard of feuds, jeez where did you get raised?
Well a feud is (sarcastically)very very simple…
So one day one Democrat fights with a republican on twitter, after the very official proceeding one man wins on account of getting the most retweets, an obviously the other man tweets the man who won the war and after that he starteda  feud. Then it gets fun, the other man’s brother tweets him, then the other brothers, on both sides go for one another; then the cousins chip in and by and by everybody is tweeted off or our phones lose power and then the feud is settled. I’m Just doin my part in my parties feud with the demo-craps

Huck:
(Stares blankly at buck in disbelief.)
Well what lot a good does that accomplish, then everybody goes off is yelling about alternative facts and such and I would for one rather judge what the Kardashians were wearing last night than be  tweeted in a feud, haven’t you ever thought of maybe just talking it out in real life with more than 140 Characters?

Buck:
Well I Never thought about that
(He stands up and gets out of the bush and is noticed by the Democrat)
Hey democrat, you wanna come over here and politely discuss climate change

Democrat dude:
(Yelling over at buck)
Can’t we just yell at eachother in a “Climate Change is Real” Youtube comments section!?

Haroun and the Sea of Stories: Reflection

The project my group did is we had an instagram for Salman Rushdie and explained the meaning behind all of the characters in a very cheesy presentation sort of way. I did not enjoy this project then again is didn’t have much say because I was ignored and overpowered because somehow everything I say to them is dumb. Looking back at the project I would grade it low on a design scale because it was essentially a powerpoint within instagram it made an attempt to be creative but just sort of missed the mark. It was unique but didn’t really accomplish anything special compared to the creation of pokemon cards. My idea for the project would have used the instagram idea but to an extreme. Instead of having a Salman Rushdie account there would be accounts for all of the characters and have them interact with each other with realistic posts according to their personality and within those interactions reveal what they were supposed to represent within the story. So for example an interaction between Butt the Hoopoe and the Water Genie could help to reveal aspects of the story or we could interpret the interaction so that the audience understands the meaning of it. If I had the chance to do this project over again I would have been much more vocal and tried to push my ideas out. In the future i would like my projects to be much more creative and not be a powerpointish presentation

 

Haroun and the Sea of Stories #3

Haroun and the sea of stories ending was brilliantly written in a way that I think brings all of the ideas and themes of the book to a close and wraps it up with a happy ending bow. Our final discussion in class I thought was not very effective. I think that there is just so much about this book that to try to talk about it in one discussion does not really accomplish anything. I didn’t really get to talk about anything I wanted to bring up so i will definitely talk about those topics.

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ng was somewhat surprising, i didn’t expect the cities name to be Kahani. I think that there is probably some Catcher in the Rye level symbolism going on here so lets compare the City of gup to the City of Kahani. Kahani is a place that had never experienced happiness and Gup was a place that never experienced Sadness. Gup for the first time feels threatened and is sad that their stories are being ruined just like Salman Rushdie when Satanic verses had come under attack he wasn’t used to this sadness and was very upset. Then just like when Haroun arrives back home everyone is happy and this is symbolic of when Salman Rushdie Continued to write and did not let the Satanic verses controversy stop him from continuing to express his ideas or his stories (KAHANI!!!!!!).

As i promised in my last post I am going to discuss the question whats the point of stories that aren’t even true. I believe that the point of stories is to not to be truthful or inform you of history or fact but to inform you of another truth. You can’t write a truthful story because that’s history. But you can tell a lie and come out with a truth. Stories are meant to impart a truth or moral onto us. I believe what rushdie is trying to tell us with this book is exactly that. Stories are not useless no matter what they say no matter what individual parts they have there is a bigger picture to each one and this book is trying to tell adults to read, kids to read, teens to read, everyone to read because stories are not words they are truths wearing masks of lies.

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories #2

Haroun and the Sea of Stories is turning out to be a very interesting book, I am starting to see more similarities to real life and how parts of the book are mimicking real life problems and issues that are prevalent in the world. The book is becoming less Wonderland as I had first thought in my original post but has become more like a fairy tale and has incorporated morals and meaning behind the whimsical and sometimes nonsensical storyline of this book. Some of what i have seen in this book is that it relates to allegory very strongly, the way it portrays political figures and authority is somewhat satirical but can relate to Salman Rushdie experiences with the Satanic Verses controversy as well as common problems  with governments.

When looking at the government of Gup you see a lot of interesting allegorical devices, one of the biggest I have noticed is the P2C2E that runs everything on Kahani or whatever the water genie doesn’t want to explain. This represents the shield a government has on its citizens, not everything is explained to known to everybody, you can talk about the ideal version of a government but behind all that schmoozing, pork barrel legislation and negotiation are going on. Citizens rely on a government to keep their best interests in mind and not arguably useless things such as Kahani’s movement locker that keeps Chup in Darkness, or in Salman Rushdie’s case where the Ayatollah acted for no benefit to their own people besides controversy and ordered for the death of Salman Rushdie due to his depiction of Muhammed the prophet in his book Satanic Verses.

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A depiction of Prince Bolo by Adam Coffia

One of the notions that came up in our discussion which I thought was interesting was the book’s look on the self obsessive and often brash nature of politicians. We focused on the army and Prince Bolo of Kahani. The individual soldiers are pages whose uniforms consist of excerpts from famous stories. except each story has been changed by replacing the main character with Prince Bolo. This I think is mocking the self obsessiveness of politicians. Prince Bolo is Rushdie’s character to express his disgust and amusement at politicians, even the name of the character is mocking politicians. The name comes from the word bolna which means to speak which for bolo is usually something stupid and brash, sounds a lot like a politician we all know, cough Trump cough.

A question that I touched on in my last post was why would a politician hire a storyteller who tells whether he has said a lie or not. My answer at this point is that politicians want to tell their citizens a story whether that story is true or not doesnt matter, what really matters is what you get from that story. Mr Snooty Buttoo wants a story to make the people feel good and accepting allowing for them to fall under his influence and give him their vote. In the end this does not happen and Rashid instead tells them about Haroun and the Sea of Stories which inspires them to tell off ol’ Snoody and put someone in power that they actually like.

This book might just be one of my favorite books, there is so much within this book that it seems endless, next post I will be adding a bit to the post where i just want to talk about the classes’ central unit question…..Whats the use of stories that aren’t even true.

There is also an opera about this book…..take a look

I found Adam’s work on his Google Site, all art credit goes to him and does not in anyway belong to me ( It is copyrighted….)