To Kill a Mockingbird

Chapter 9 Activity •How and why does the mood of the novel start to change in this chapter? Give at least 3 examples. Also, answer the question: What is Maycomb’s “usual disease”?

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The mood of the novel goes from playful innocence (the children and their obsession with Boo), to their eventual loss of innocence with the onslaught of Tom Robinson's trial.

Three examples that they've enetered the real world.....

Atticus must take a case because it's the right thing to do and because he's an honorable man. The children hear their father maligned for his involvement.

Aunt Alexandra moves in to change their world.

Scout and Jem become targets in the community for simply being Atticus' children.

Maycomb's usual disease is racism.


To Kill A Mockingbird

Racism because Tom Robinson beat up Bob Ewells daughter?