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To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, Atticus and Scout Finch - these are the unforgettable characters that populate To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Harper Lee's haunting account of a mysterious recluse, a black man accused of raping a white woman, the courageous attorney who defends him, the attorney's son who is traumatized by the trial, and his six-year-old daughter, who narrates ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Twayne Publishers
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This book opened my eyes up to a lot and made me appreciate TKAM even more, if that were possible!!!! :)
Claudia
I thought I'd read this one before and would just quickly reread...but I learned so much. I really wish I'd've read it when I was still teaching this book to 10th graders.

Johnson begins by showing the parallels between Tom Robinson's case in TKAM, and the real-life case of the Scotsboro Boys. I had a group assignment for my students on the similarities, but Johnson points out SOO many more, similarities I'd never heard of. I could make the assignment so much richer now.

Then she discusses the nov
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Van Reid
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is probably one of the five greatest American novels and a perennial top ten pick of mine (there are only fifteen or twenty books in my top ten).
This slim (126 page) volume is the first critical literature concering TKAM I have read and I enjoyed revisiting its themes, events, and characters as well as Ms. Johnson's insights into its historical, cultural, and literary significance. I was espescially interested in her tying TKAM into the gothic (not just the southern gothi
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Julia
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
On 8/31/10 I led a discussion at the Library on To Kill a Mockingbird. I picked this up moments before the book group began and didn’t intend to read it when I thought it was a Cliff Notes- type book, but it’s so not. It’s written by an English professor at University of Alabama for twenty years and she points out that there is little written on the novel from on an English professor’s point of view. Lawyers write about the book, well Atticus Finch often, though. There are chapters on “Racial Cl ...more
Jaimi Gomes
This story is a great book to have students read in classes, To Kill A Mockingbird follows two young kids whose dad is a lawyer that is defending Tom Robinson in rape charges. This exposes Jem and Scout to all kinds of stereotyping and racism. One thing I would change about this book would be that they didn’t fill up the whole in the tree were Boo Radely use to give Jem and Scout things. I feel like that was such an important part in the book and that it should have been left the way it was. I w ...more
Rhett Smith
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best novels aren't just great to read, they're great to read about. Analyzing TKM let me revisit the innocence I had in reading it 17 years ago. it also allowed me to brood over the novel- it surely is one of the greatest american works of fiction.
Important points here are:
1) the time period of publishing and the location. 1960s in the South. Racial Tension
2) Modern Gothic, and the tradition
3) Distinction between one's self and the 'others' ,and the friction of identity.
4) The Mockingbird (
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Philip
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good insights into To Kill a Mockingbird. Johnson focuses particularly on the presence of Gothic themes throughout the book. I think perhaps she could have talked a more on the difference between traditional Gothic literature and Southern Gothic – she tended to treat them as one and the same. Also, it is somewhat out of date, given the publication of Go Set a Watchman.
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One of the greatest American stories!
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