Mockingbird Unit #4

Mockingbird Unit #4

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Storyboard Description

This storyboard takes place during pages 348-352 of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and shows Jem and Scout Finch walking home from the school pageant. Scout is shown in her pageant costume; a piece of ham. However, a mysterious figure (who turns out to be Mr. Bob Ewell) is stalking them and fully intent on killing the children. They all struggle, and Jem is knocked unconscious. But the two children are saved from Mr. Ewell by an unknown man (Scout discovers that this man is really Arthur "Boo" Radley!). I chose this scene because when you read what happens after this turn of events, you realize how crazy Mr. Ewell was. He was so mad at Atticus (Scout's father) for defending Tom Robinson (an African-American that Mr. Ewell falsely accused of rape [Chapters 17-22]), that he took out his anger on Atticus' children. You also discover that Arthur Radley was the man who saved Scout and Jem. It places Arthur in the light, and it disproves many rumors that were made about him (Chapter 1). As you read, the author shows that Arthur is a good man, though his behavior is that of a timid child (Page 372). This part of the story was important because Scout finally learns the truth about Arthur; she realizes that Arthur was not the monster everyone thought he was and that he was just as human as her.

Storyboard Text

  • Scout and Jem Finch are walking back home from the school pageant.
  • Jem... I forgot my shoes, they're back behind the stage.
  • You can get'em tomorrow.
  • (Page 351)
  • (Page 348)
  • All of the sudden...
  • Watcha thinkin' about?
  • Thought I heard something. Stop for a minute.
  • (Page 348)
  • They listen...
  • Hear anything?
  • No.
  • But suddenly...
  • (Page 348)
  • Someone is chasing Jem and Scout!
  • (From Scout's point of view) We were nearly to the road when I felt Jem's hand leave me, [and I] felt him jerk backwards to the ground. [There was] More scuffling, and there came a dull crunching noise and Jem screamed. (Page 351)
  • "AUGGHHH!"
  • I made my way along in what I thought was the direction of the road. I was not sure,.... I found it and looked to the street light.  A man was passing under it.... He was going around the corner. He was carrying Jem. (Page 352)
  • By the time I reached the corner the man was crossing our front yard. ... [Atticus] ran down the steps, and together, he and the man took Jem inside. (Page 352)
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