CHAPTERS 1-5 pg. 3-50
The book begins with narrator Scout telling how her brother Jem broke his arm. She talks about her family history and her father Atticus, who is a lawyer. After that she starts to tell about her summer before school starts. A boy named Dill moved next door; Scout and Jem quickly befriend him and become close friends. Scout and Jem tell Dill about Boo Radley that lives down the street, he never comes outside, which aggravates Dill. During the summer they would attempt to lure Boo Radley outside. When September comes Dill moves back to Mississippi and Scout gets ready to go back to school. When Scout goes to school, her teacher Miss Caroline Fisher, asks the class who goes home for lunch and who brought their lunch. When Walter Cunningham doesn't raise his hand for either Miss Caroline tries to give him a quarter but he doesn't take it. When Scout tries to explain to Miss Caroline that the Cunningham's are poor and don't take anything they cant pay back she gets slapped in the hand with a ruler. Later that day when they are outside, Scout tries to fight Walter for making her so embarrassed, Jem comes over and invited Walter to come home for lunch. On the last day of school Scout finds a piece of gum outside the Radley house in a tree, she tells Jem and the next day they find two pennies. That Summer Dill returned and they came up with a game called "Boo Radley". They would act like him on the front porch of his house. One day they even tried to put a note in his window but when Atticus sees them he tells them to leave the Radley's alone.
CHAPTERS 6-10 pg. 50-99
In chapter 6, Jem, Scout, and Dill sneak over to the Radley house and look inside, when Mr. Nathan Radley shoots at them they run away. When Jem and Scout start to go back to school they start to notice things in the hole in the tree, but after a few days the hole got filled with cement. When school comes it starts to snow, the first snowfall they have ever seen. Jem and Scout make a snowman with the little snow there is. That night they all wake up and go outside, Miss Maudie's house was on fire. When Atticus told them to stay put Jem and Scout where freezing and Boo Radley put a blanket on him and they didn't even know. In chapter nine Atticus is assigned to defend Tom Robinson. Tom, a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. As the kids go to school and people find out, kids at school start to say her dad is a "nigger-lover" which frustrates Scout and she starts to fight kids. Later a mad dog comes and the sheriff tells Atticus to kill him, which he does with one shot.
CHAPTERS 11-15 pg.99-155
In chapter eleven Scouts and Jem's neighbor makes Jem come and read to her. Mrs. Dubose has an addiction to morphine and later dies. When summer comes, they expect Dill but he doesn't come. He writes them a letter. When Atticus is away on a business trip Calpurnia takes the kids to her church. When they get home they meet their aunt Alexandra who is waiting to announce that she is staying with them for a while to help Scout turn more into a girl. One night after Jem and Scout got into a fight Scot found Dill hiding under her bed, he had ran away from home. Atticus learns that there might be a mob after Tom, Atticus goes and sits by the jail to wait for them to protect Tom. When Jem, Scout, and Dill follow him they see the mob and Scout steps in and ends up helping them leave.
An example if diction in this section is:
"The churchyard was brick-hard clay, as was the cemetery beside it. If someone died during a dry spell, the body was covered with chunks of ice until rain softened the earth. A few graves in the cemetery were marked with crumbling tombstones; newer ones were marked with brightly colored glass and broken Coca-Cola bottles. Lightning rods guarding some graves denoted dead who rested uneasily; stumps of burned-out candles stood at the heads of infant graves. It was a happy cemetery." (Lee 118) In this quote I think Lee was trying to give you a description of around the church and to paint a picture in your mind.
An example of figurative language in this section is:
"The Governor was eager to scrape a few barnicles off the ship of state..." (Lee 115) This quote from the story is an example of a metophor. It is comparing the scraping the barnicles to going ahead of starting the trial because stuff in the city was happening.
CHAPTERS 16-20 pg. 155-199
In this section the trial is about to being and the whole town comes out. When Dill, Jem, and Scout try to get seats out of sight from Atticus, they end up in the colored section. Atticus examines Mayella and points out the bruises on the right side of her body. Making the point that Tom couldn't have hit her or abused her because his left arm is disabled. Tom testifies that Mayella tried to seduce him and he didn't want to hurt her but he tried to get away. He stated that a part of her story was correct when she needed him to chop up the chest but that's all that was right.
CHAPTERS 21-25 pg. 199-124
Calpurnia comes to the courtroom and says its time for the kids to come home and they ask Atticus if they can come back for the verdict, he says yes. When they come back they find that the jury found Tom guilty of raping Mayella. Jem was convinced that Atticus had won the case but his high hopes where crushed when he found out the Maycomb people didn't think so. Bob Ewell swore one day he would get revenge on Atticus but Atticus thought it was just all talk. Atticus told the kids not to worry because Mr.Ewell was just mad because he had made a fool of himself. While Alexandra was home drinking tea with some of her women Atticus came home and told her that Tom had been shot because he had tried to escape prison and was now dead. While Jem was with Dill, Atticus, and Calpurnia at Mrs. Robinsons house teller her what had happened, Bob Ewell came up and told him "one down, and about two more to go."
CHAPTERS 26-31 pg. 241-281
When there is a pageant at school, Scout tries to play the ham but she has a rather large costume. On there way to school a boy named Cecil Jones jumps out from behind something and scares them. On there way back from the pageant, it is late and dark, they think they hear Cecil behind them but its not him. The man attacks them and Jem escapes and the man drags Scout. When he gets Jem again Scout hears a snap and a scream. A different man carry's Jem home and Scout follows. Atticus calls the sheriff and he comes to investigate. After a while he finds out that the man was Bob Ewell trying to kill the kids. He was found dead with a knife in his chest. The man that carried the kids home was Boo Radley, when Scout finds out she is amazed. Mr. Ewell ended up tripping and falling on his knife and killing himself. Boo Radley comes in and watched Jem sleep then after a few minutes Scout walks him home.