To Kill A Mockingbird Plot Outline

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  • The exposition is the arrival of Dill to Maycomb County, Alabama where the story takes place. Scout, the protagonist, and her brother Jem play with Dill in the yard and he becomes a regular fixture in their house.
  • Exposition
  • The first major conflict in the story is the mystery of Boo Radley, the shut in. Boo Radley is Scout's neighbor and he never leaves his house. Scout, Jem and Dill tried repeatedly to get Boo out of his house but to no avail. The second major conflict of the story is the trial of Tom Robinson and the effects on Maycomb.
  • Conflict
  • Scout would often get into fights with her teacher, Miss Caroline, or other students that would taunt her about how Atticus, her father, was defending a black person.
  • Rising Action
  • Tom Robinson was accused of raping a girl named Mayella Ewell. Scout's dad, Atticus, was his defendant.
  • The climax is the actual trial of Tom Robinson. Jem, Scout and Dill sneak into the courthouse to watch their father defend Tom. They sit in the balcony with the black people and to their utter disbelief, the verdict is guilty
  • Climax
  • When Tom was in jail, he tried to escape. The guard shot him as he tried to climb the fence. After the trial, Tom Robinson fell off Maycomb's radar. Bob Ewell also fell off the town's radar. Bob was Mayella's father. He pestered Tom's wife after his arrest. Tom's wife called the police and eventually he stopped.
  • Falling Action
  • The resolution is when Boo Radley finally came out of hiding. Jem and Scout were walking back from Scout's recital, and they were attacked by Bob Ewell. Boo Radley was there for them and protected them.
  • Resolution
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