Although she is by no means an omniscient narrator, she has matured considerably over the intervening years and often implicitly and humorously comments on the naivete she displayed in her thoughts and actions as a young girl. Analysis There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. Cunningham about how Walter is a good boy, and recounts how they invited him home for dinner one day, and asks Mr. The teacher becomes annoyed with Scout because Scout already knows how to read and write, and she tells the teacher about the Cunninghams, making her look like a fool. The father, Atticus, is a lawyer. Atticus breaks up the fight and sends them off to bed. The rigidity of behavior patterns that Aunt Alexandra and the rest of Maycomb believe in demonstrate that individuals from white families also are subject to a certain amount of discrimination on the basis of their family's social stature.
In the summer of 1933, when Jem is nearly ten and Scout almost six, a peculiar boy named Charles Baker Harris moves in next door. Jem says that he didn't say they were doing that, and thus inadvertently admits that they were doing just that. Alexandra is extremely proud of the Finches and spends much of her time discussing the characteristics of the various families in Maycomb. He asks Mayella if she remembers being beaten in the face, and Mayella first says no, but then yes. As Atticus explains, the town authorities bend the law for the Ewells because they'll never change their ways - for instance, Mr. Miss Maudie explains that the Radleys are foot-washing Baptists - they believe all pleasure is a sin against God, and stay inside most of the time reading the Bible. After lunch, Dill, Jem, and Scout wait for most of the people in the crowd to go inside the courthouse.
It shows that miss Caroline does not know a thing about her student and needs to get to know them better! The chapter introduces the Ewell family, who will figure heavily into the latter part of the book. However, Jem and Scout lack the pride that Aunt Alexandra considers commensurate with being a Finch. She also judges families on the basis of how long they have been settled in the same place. He taught them to stand in the other persons shoes, look at their soul and not make judgements based on race or social status. Chapter 7 -The prizes keep appearing everyday, so they get curious until the knothole gets cemented by Nathan Radley. At the start of Chapter 12, Jem has turned twelve years old, and he continues to grow farther apart from Scout. After the judge calms everyone down, Mr.
Scout blames Calpurnia for teaching her how to write in script on rainy days. Chapter 3 Jem invites Walter Cunningham over for lunch when he finds out that the boy doesn't have any food. Chapter 9 - Atticus is chosen to defend Tom Robinson, and he accepts. Jem is still concerned for Atticus's safety. Curious about the trial, Scout asks her father what rape is. Dill and Jem sleep in Jem's room, which adjoins Scout's room.
Radley, but Jem insists on going. GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. She tells Scout to stop scratching her head. In addition, he suggests that Scout be less defiant toward their aunt, putting himself onto the adult side of the argument, to Scout's annoyance. Jem is concerned that the men outside mean Atticus harm, but Atticus assures him later that those men are his friends and are not part of a gang or the Ku Klux Klan, whom Atticus claims is gone and will never come back.
The members of First Purchase Church-an all black church-are generally very inviting to Scout and Jem. One of Alexandra's goals is to instill the proper respect for their family in Scout and Jem. Atticus's light illuminates the night, just as he strives to teach his community the truth and expose their unfairness. Just as in the case of the Ewells hunting out of season, some things are more important than following the letter of the law exactly. Apparently this is a sore subject, so Jem tells his sibling to shut up. In chapter two, Dill leaves and Scout prepares for school. Whenever strange things happen in the neighborhood, Boo is often blamed.
That is not always a good thing, of course, because it can be hard for a person to see the value of growth and change. He refuses to allow Jem and Scout to come. Ewell can write, and he says he can, so Atticus asks him to write his name on an envelope. Most old people still know each other so well that every behavior is somewhat predictable and repetitive. Chapter 8 -It is snowing in Maycomb, so the kids make a snowman that looks like Mr. The book opens by mentioning how at age twelve, Jem broke his arm.
He treats everyone on the stand with the same respect, no matter who they are or where they come from. Harper Lee used the Scottsboro Case 1931 as the spark to write the trial sequences in the novel. He shows himself to be a highly respectful man, and he carefully and deliberately outlines each piece of evidence. Down the road lives a family named the Radleys and the children are fascinated by Boo Radley. That evening, Scout tells Atticus about her day, hoping that she won't have to go back to school — after all, Burris Ewell doesn't. They find a small boy, six going on seven but looking younger, who introduces himself as Charles Baker Harris and announces that he can read. Scout realizes how lucky she is to have a family that needs her.