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To Kill a Mockingbird

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are two parts that ultimately come together. One part deals with Boo Radley and the other part deals with the Tom Robinson trial.Due to the fact that there was two separate parts in the novel, there had to be a shift of emphasis from one to the other.This emphasis shift was handled by slowly getting rid of the memories of Tom while slowly bringing Boo back into the story.
In this novel the two parts were brought together through one main character, Bob Ewell.Due to the fact that Bob was present, Tom and Atticus were brought together in the trial. Also, because of Bob, the Finch family and Boo were brought together at the end.This brought the Boo Radley part of the story together with the Tom Robinson trial part of the story.The reason that Bob was able to bring these two parts together was because of his ability to hold a grudge.He had been holding a grudge against Atticus because Atticus humiliated him at the Robinson trial.His grudge was so strong that he tried to kill Jem and Scout, Atticus' kids, but they were saved when Boo came into the picture and "saved the day."If it were not for Bob's grudge, the stories would have never come together.
In this novel, the shift of emphasis is a gradual one to say the least.The emphasis shift starts with the trial when Tom was "proven" guilty and then he went to prison to stay until he could go to another trial.This leaves the reader thinking that Tom has a chance to go free, but that thought quickly ends because Tom was killed.Then, in the next chapter, the kids were off to school and passed by the "Radley Place," which brought Boo into the story.Scout said, "the Radley Place ceased to terrify [her], but it was no less gloomy, no less chilly under its oaks, and no less inviting," bringing the mysterious Boo back into picture.Scout then told about flashbacks of…


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