To Kill A Mockingbird
From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ To Kill A Mockingbird Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more. First published in 1960, Harper Lee’s novel with Atticus Finch has become a classic of modern American literature.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) | Written by: Harper Lee| Published by: Warner Books, Inc.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Thug Notes Summary and Analysis
Yo what it is? It’s Sparky Sweets again and this week we reppin’ down South with To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
This book focuses on three little homies by the name of Scout, her crippled brudda Jem, and some homeboy named Dill. Scout’s pop is a righteous lawyer with the badass name of Atticus.
Since they ain’t nothing to do in Alabama, Scout and her crew spend their summer harassing a nearby shut in named Boo-Radley. Now ain’t nobody seen Boo-Radley for years. Word on the street is he dun stabbed his father with a pair of scissors and almost got his ass locked up. Scout and her crew try to pass Boo a note to see if he wants to chill, but Atticus gets all crunk and tells dem kids to leave a brother be.
Next thing you know, that fool Boo Radley be leaving creepy little gifts for them kids, things like a watch, a medal, and little wooden figurines of Scout and Jem. Ugh!
Next day some little punk steps to Scout and straight up calls Scout’s daddy Atticus a nigger lover. Now my girl scout don’t take no lip and starts a tussle with dis cracker. Turns out, Atticus has been hired to defend some ashy playa named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping the daughter of some shady cat named Bob Ewell. Everyone in town be losing their sh about Atticus reppin a brother in court. Even his own sista say he bringin disgrace to the family.
At the trial, my boy Atticus spits mad game up in that court room. In fact, he discovers it was Ewell’s daughter that was puttin the moves on Tom. Turns out she wanted some of that dark chocolate, naw mean? After seeing her daughter making advances on a brother, Mr. Ewell smacked that bitch up raw while Tom peaced out. But since we talkin about Alabama here, dem white folks convict him anyway. Why? Cuz he black. Later they find out that my boy Tom tried to pull a shawshank and escape from prison. The po-po go all Rodney King on his ass and shoot him 17 times! Excessive force!
Even though he’s a free man, dat honky Ewell be pissed that Atticus made him look like a fool in court. So Halloween night Ewell downs too much joose and gets the drop on Jem and Scout. Just when he about to rough up my girl Scout, crazy cracka Boo Radley comes up outta nowhere and shanks that fool! Sick and tired of his stupid lip, the town authorities decide that Ewell got too drunk and fell on his knife. Boo gets off scott free! Why? Cuz icing him, like my girl Scout says, would be like shooting a mocking bird.
Now you don’t know sh** about this title until you read this here quote on page 90.
“ Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s 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.”
Only a jive ass fool would bother capping a mocking bird, cuz all dem bitches do is drop next level beats for your enjoyment. So what my girl Harper trying to say is that ratting on Boo Radley wouldn’t do no good, it only rid the hood of one more true blue player. They already dun fu**ed up once by convicting Tom, so they ain’t bout to pop another mocking bird.
Now if yo punk ass be using yo head, you might be thinking about how the mockingbird is a multifaceted symbol, homeboy. Just as those punk ass birds copy the voices of other cats, Harper’s vision of America be referencing all sorts of US lit honkies like Chopin, Emerson, Whitman, Hawthorne, Capote. I could go on dog.
Now this book right here is a criticism of the South during the depression. The courts, the schools, the church- all of them run by crooked-ass crackas. Now when we first meet Scout, she sportin all dat southern racism and ignorance, but after kickin it with Boo and Tom Rob, she matures and starts keepin it real.
This brings me to one of the central themes of this bitch: learning valuable lessons by being exposed to people of difference. By hangin with a crazy cracka like Boo Radley and a righteous black man like T. Robinson, Scout has one of dem paradigm shifting moments, playa. She learns that these homies just be trying to hustle like anybody else, unlike the way dem southern bell hoes be thinkin.
Yo check it- Jem’s crippled ass is a metaphor for America’s crippled justice system and whack ass morals. Jem fu**in up his arm so young be one of dem synecdoches for a country that was born with backwards-ass ideas. Now that sh** might heal, but it gonna leave a disabling scar on the nation. And ain’t no amount of lotion gonna make that go away.
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