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To Kill a Mockingbird
Why is the story spread over three years when the trial of Tom Robinson - the main event - takes just one day?
To fill up the book
To enable us to learn about the town and its people.
To enable us to see the complete picture - what happened before, during and after.
Why is it important that we learn about Boo before we learn about Tom?
The children's attitude towards Boo is similar to the town's attitude towards Tom.
Boo, like Tom, is an outsider in Maycomb. Both are vulnerable in different ways. We can compare Boo with Tom.
So there is some humour in the novel before the serious trial begins.
What is Dill's contribution to the plot?
Like Boo and Tom, Dill has been isolated and a victim.
He adds humour.
An extra person is needed to play the Boo Radley games.
Why are we told about Jem's broken arm at the start of the novel when the attack does not occur until the end?
To make us feel sorry for Jem.
To create suspense.
So that we know what happens if we don't have time to read the book.