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The climax of To Kill a Mockingbird is the ending of the trial, when Tom Robinson is convicted.

The climax of the book is the turning point, and the point where things are different. For the characters , most of the book revolves around the trial. When the trial is...

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The climax of To Kill a Mockingbird is the ending of the trial, when Tom Robinson is convicted.

The climax of the book is the turning point, and the point where things are different. For the characters, most of the book revolves around the trial. When the trial is over, most of the conflicts are over with it, because most of them revolved around Atticus defending Tom Robinson.

When Tom Robinson is convicted, it is a sad ending for the Finch family. Atticus lost, and Jem saw the dark side of Maycomb.

It was Jem"s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. "It ain"t right," he muttered, all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting. (ch 22)

Jem expected more of Maycomb and its people. He was surprised that they could hear the same testimony he did, and still convict a man that was obviously innocent. Scout does not understand why Jem is so upset, so she has to face it too. It is just part of growing up the process of getting older for both of them.


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The climax of a story is the decisive moment when all of the conflicts are finalized. In To Kill a Mockingbird, part of that moment is when Bob Ewell is killed by Boo Radley in defense of the Finch children"s lives. This moment clarifies how Bob Ewell"s life ends and when Scout finally gets to meet and speak with Arthur Radley face to face. Sheriff Tate announces to Atticus and the family that Bob Ewell is lying out there dead with kitchen knife in him at the end of chapter 28. In chapter 29, a lengthy discussion is had between the sheriff and Atticus about the proper legal procedures to follow in this case.

Atticus thinks Jem killed Mr. Ewell, but Sheriff Tate says it was Boo Radley. As a result of Tate"s findings, the Sheriff decides to report that Mr. Ewell fell on his own knife in the scuffle with the children. This way, Boo Radley is saved from the pomp and circumstance of saving the children and he can continue with his private life without any hype from the community. Once the decision has been made to keep Boo Radley safe from gossip, another part of the climax is complete. Boo Radley is to remain as quiet as he was before the incident.

The final part of the climax is the fact that Scout sees and talks with Boo Radley. Ever since the first chapter the children have wanted to see him. They tried a few tricks to get him to come out so they could see what all the rumors were about. Scout is the lucky one because she actually gets to talk with him for awhile. She even walks him home once the Sheriff and Atticus are done discussing the case. Scout describes her walk with Boo as follows:

"We came to the street light on the corner, and I wondered how many times Dill had stood there hugging the fat pole, watching, waiting, hoping. I wondered how many times Jem and I had made this journey, but I entered the Radley front gate for the second time in my life . . . I never saw him again" (278).

In summation, the climax deals with three parts: the end of Mr. Ewell, the emergence of Boo Radley, and Scout"s opportunity to finally meet Boo Radley. These loose ends needed to be tied up and they all came together in one last fight over the children"s lives. It"s as if all of the conflicts throughout the book combine in that one deciding moment when Boo Radley takes care of Maycomb"s biggest problem--Bob Ewell. And, for all the times Jem wanted to meet Boo Radley, it isn"t he that gets the chance, even though he was carried home by the hero, but it is Scout who gets to speak, walk, and talk with him all by herself.


I agree with the previous answer and would like to add that the climax in my mind regarding the court scene is when we find out that Bob Ewell is left handed. Everything that he and Mayella had said simply was meaningless. Mr. Ewell"s left-handedness gave Tom Robinson his freedom. This is dramatic irony of the highest degree.

From the moment that we find out that the jury found Tom Robinson innocent, things in the novel sort of fall into place like dominoes until Bob Ewell does attempt to harm the Finch children after the school festival.

Then the second climax is when we find out that Arthur "Boo" Radley is really a hero who has saved the children from the vengeful Bob Ewell. The rest of the story after the school festival is about tying up loose ends.


Being a novel, it"s hard to give it one climax. There are two main stories within the novel. One surrounds Boo Radley while the other surrounds Tom Robinson. I would think the one you are referring to is the main one at the end. That would be when Bob attacks the children. As he is going after Jem and Scout, we get the full account of what Scout sees, even though little of it makes sense at that point in time. The climax is supposed to be the turning point--when the reader isn"t sure what is going to happen next. That would be the scene under the Radley tree. Then all that remains in the book closes out the story, explaining what happened, who was there under the tree, and closes with Atticus sitting in Jem"s room all night.

The other climactic moment would be the trial--the verdict to be exact. After all of the emotion going into the trial, we wait to hear what we assume the jury has finally decided on--Tom"s INNOCENCE! But we are wrong. This could be considered the climax of Tom"s part in the novel.

The novel tells the intertwined stories of Tom Robinson"s ordeal and the Finch children"s loss of innocence, joined primarily through Atticus as Tom"s attorney and the Finch children"s father.

Atticus would have liked to control his children"s access to information about Tom"s arrest and trial. Especially for Scout, who is younger, he would rather protect her from learning about rape and racism.

Because he is working, however, he cannot keep the children out of the courtroom during Tom"s trial. Thus, they are present for the guilty verdict, which I would argue is the climax.

The children assumed their hero father would win. While both struggle to comprehend, Jem has a better grasp of the concept of "justice." With this unfair verdict, the young Finches start to realize how deeply racism permeates their society and something of the struggle in which Atticus tries to combat racism in their town and state.

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The climax of the novel undoubtedly comes during the attack on the children by Bob Ewell as they return from the Halloween pageant in Chapter 28. Not only is it the greatest point of dramatic tension and rising action in the novel, where the innocent Jem and Scout are targeted for murder by the evil Ewell, but it also serves several other purposes. It allows the novel"s unseen "phantom," Boo Radley, to finally appear for the first time--and in true heroic fashion. It also serves to tie together the two main parts of the novel: The children"s fascination with Boo in the early chapters of Part One; and the deserved end received by Bob--the instigator of the false charges of rape that result in the trial of Tom Robinson, the major focus of Part Two of TKAM. It also reveals how Jem received his elbow injury and how "the Ewells started it all," allusions made by the narrator on the first page of the novel but left unanswered until that fateful Halloween night.